Creative applications of statistics abound in virtually every discipline. But coming up with tangible examples to explain core concepts to those new to the field can be quite a challenge. That’s how it was for me as a graduate student in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
In my Facebook feed, a friend posted a very scary looking study that links genetically engineered (GE) crops to the rise in 22 diseases. These are pretty fearsome diseases too, like bile duct cancer and pelvis cancer. There are a few ways to respond to this article. First, it has not passed my attention that the second author has published a book called Myths of Safe Pesticides, which has been analyzed and debunked by Harriet Hall. Second, I could just say 'correlation is not causation.' Article debunked, and can be swept to the dustbin.
To heroically understate the situation, I am not personally a fan of Christmas music. But it's my job to help you enjoy the music you enjoy, not the music I enjoy. If you are one of the many, many people who do enjoy Christmas music, this is your time of year and to help you make the most of it, the genre system I work on at Spotify actually has several subvariations of Christmas music.
What are the chances of a deadly meteor strike? It's a question that has concerned humanity for millennia - and one that we set out to answer in the December issue of Significance. It forms part of a special astrostatistics section, featuring ten articles exploring how the disciplines of astronomy and statistics are coming together to solve some of the biggest mysteries in modern science.
When registering with a doctor’s surgery or booking a medical test at a hospital, the UK National Health Service (NHS) will record a patient’s ethnicity. It has been doing this since 2000, when the Race Relations Act was amended to introduce a clear duty for organisations to monitor and tackle discrimination in the provision of public services.