Statistics

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Last week, the Washington Post took Rudy Giuliani to task for an ad where he claims that his chances of surviving prostate cancer — which he had about 6 years ago — were much higher in the US than in the UK. The ad is meant to indict those who wish to modify the health…

I hadn’t really ever thought about it, but surveys consistently report that heterosexual men have a larger number of sexual partners on average than heterosexual women. However, that really isn’t logically possible, is it? I mean, last time I checked it took two to tango. Mathematician David Gale demonstrates why these results cannot be right…

Crazy Useful Paper on Statistics

Want to know when to use Standard Deviation (SD) as opposed to Standard Error (SE) or a Confidence Interval (CI)? Then you should read this really useful paper in JCB about error bars in scientific papers. Here is just a sampling of their useful rules: Rule 3: error bars and statistics should only be shown…