# Category: Probability and Statistics

## Review of Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data

Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data Joel Best University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California 2008, updated 2013 158 pages (Paperback) My Rating: 4/5 Introduction …

## Review of More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues

More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues By Joel Best University of California Press Hardcover, 217 pages ISBN: 9780520238305 September 2004 \$29.95, £19.95 My Rating: 3/5 …

## Measuring Up, SAT Scores, and Coding Interviews

Introduction Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us is a 2008 book by Professor Daniel Koretz of Harvard. Koretz, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education at Harvard, …

## Review of Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

DAMNED LIES AND STATISTICS: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists (UPDATED EDITION) Joel Best University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California 2001, 2012 Print Length: …

## How to Remember the Key Bayes Formula in Statistics

Bayes Formula is a simple formula that gives a rule for updating the probability that a hypothesis is true given new evidence — information or data. For example, opinion …

## How to Hang Yourself with Statistics

A practical understanding of probability and statistics at an advanced, at least college, level is increasingly important in the modern world. For example, many expensive and potentially hazardous drugs …

## The Cold Hit Problem

The previous article Are Fingerprints Unique? discussed the case of Brandon Mayfield, a Muslim American attorney from the Portland, Oregon area who was wrongly identified as one of the …

## What are the odds? Flipping 10 heads in a row

singingbanana released an interesting video about the odds of flipping 10 heads in a row. It is basic probability and the video is entertaining enough to warrant sharing it …

## When Science Fails

The recent New Yorker article The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method? by Jonah Lehrer (December 13, 2010) discusses several cases where a new …

## The Cost of Not Understanding Probability Theory

Misconceptions about probability theory and statistics have major repercussions on society. From seemingly minor things like the excessive sensationalism of some headlines, all the way to the jailing of …