Tag: News

Congratulations, 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations to all the 2019 high school and college graduates this season! The career opportunities for statisticians are steadily growing, projected to increase 34 percent over the next seven years. Even better, the field is frequently recognized as one othe very best careers for opportunity, salary and overall satisfaction. In 2019, those nods have included...

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From Spreadsheets to Headlines: A Day in the Life of Data Journalist Ryan Struyk

What is a data journalist? If you ask Ryan Struyk, data reporter and mobile producer at CNN Politics, it’s someone who can turn a data set into breaking news. Data reporters explain important issues, but instead of using human sources to break the news, they work with data sets. This is Statistics had the opportunity...

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Real or Fake News? Let Statistics Help: 7 Questions to Ask   

There is a lot of discussion today about whether the stories we see in the news are real or fake. Statistical thinking can help you assess the validity of reports, claims from a new study, or other conclusions flashing through your social media feed. Here are a few tips from statisticians – experts in the...

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Statistician Finds Twitter Posts Largely Ignore Risks of Hookah Smoking

Social media can often portray life through rose-colored glasses, depicting an overwhelmingly positive version of reality. One statistician found this to be the case when it comes to hookah, a form of tobacco smoking that has become more popular among young people in recent years. Melissa J. Krauss, a research statistician at Washington University’s Department...

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Statisticians Find “Marquee” Bias Can Influence Selection Sunday

Does each “bubble” team have an equal probability of being selected for “March Madness”? A statistical analysis conducted by four Virginia Tech University statisticians confirms the existence of an unacknowledged factor that can influence the NCAA Selection Committee: a team’s marquee potential. This factor can push a marquee men’s basketball team into the NCAA tournament’s...

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