Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Musical stats

Who thought stats would enter into every aspect of life? What about a Belgian dj duo called Mumbai Science, with the track "Ancova"?



And this thanks to 2 Many Dj's and Music for Life 2011.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Telling the "right" story with scary stats

Stats seems to be on my mind lately. So far we had fun stats, sad stats, now it is time for scary stats. Wall Street Journal columnist Carl Bailik, aka "The Numbers Guy" provide some insights on using scary stats. These are the raw statistical data available:


The question is: How do you tell a story with these numbers that is convincing (i.e., can raise most money)?
Such messages can be effective in gaining attention and marshaling support, advocates say. But they also can mislead or even scare people ill-equipped to translate the numbers into their personal level of risk. And they can pit two diseases against each other in a fight over which one affects more people.

Fun with stats

Sometimes stats are sad funny (see this post), and sometimes both fun funny and timely. See the latest from PhD Comics:


Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to lie with politics (and statistics)

Great analysis about the usage of figures in politics: http://flowingdata.com/2011/12/12/fox-news-still-makes-awesome-charts/

What's wrong with this figure?


See the original post for the answer.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Introducing Brent Saylor - or genome (TE) ecology

Brent Saylor recently joined the lab, and this piece from At Guelph provides a nice introduction of some of the general themes he will explore for his PhD work.