Articles tagged statistics

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

Is it worst to be killed by a crazed mob wielding machetes or to die via conveyor belt and filing system? The Better Angels of Our Nature keeps falling victim to the halo effect, creating an aura around reason itself.

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12 Mar 2012 // 11:00 PM

Metric Madness

Our obsession with brackets and rankings -- in everything from NCAA March Madness to soup -- reflects a desire to give some order to the world, to quantify things that are not generally thought of as quantifiable.

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The Bad News Statisticians: ‘Moneyball’

There’s an ugly and unromantic truth behind Bennett Miller’s baseball stats semi-comedy Moneyball that it acknowledges and then dances away from.

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5 May 2011 // 6:00 AM

Save the World from Evil Math

On 'proofiness', 'randumbness' statistical boo-boos and other high-level mathematical theories.

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