Design for statistical understanding

Design for statistical understanding What happens when a textbook approach to learning doesn’t work with scientists? We brought a top medical journal and a leading data visualization company together to try to explain a key statistical concept and solve the...

Want to change the world? Give kids data

Want to change the world? Give kids data Make it relevant to their lives—and give them tools for visualization Trevor Butterworth Photo: izusek for istockphoto.com We’ve shown, through access to large and relevant data sets that kids “can do things we thought were too...

How to wreck Puerto Rico

How to wreck save Puerto Rico After saving Puerto Rico hundreds of millions of dollars, a world-class statistics institute faces has been saved from destruction Trevor Butterworth Photo: cestes001 for istockphoto.com “Why would you not want an independent and unbiased...

Fake news, science, and pseudo journalism

To understand the motivations of Paul Thacker it may help to read a profile written of him by his former editor at Audubon Magazine, and an adjunct journalism professor at New York University: “The Once Promising Journalist Who Became a Sadistic Troll.” It describes a...

How data is transforming journalism: obstacles and opportunities

Nearly two decades ago, Christie Aschwanden, currently the lead writer for science at FiveThirtyEight, began her journey to becoming a “stats nerd.” Little did she know that during that journey some would consider her a character on the side of evil Armed with a...
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