STATS is our collaborative project with the American Statistical Association to improve statistical literacy among journalists, academic journal editors, and researchers.
“The ASA-SAS USA partnership on STATS has set its sights squarely on the target of developing a statistical literate citizenry, and is quite likely the most important development in the American Statistical Association’s long efforts to promote statistical literacy.”
New on STATS
Are you a journalist? Our volunteer advisory board of academics from across the U.S.
are here to help you make sense of statistics and numbers. We’ll do our best to help you make your deadline.
Dallas Morning News
Five Thirty Eight
Health News Review
Las Vegas Review Journal
National Press Foundation
National Public Radio
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Worcester Business Journal
Free interactive workshops in statistics tailored to science, health, and general reporting. We’ll come to your newsroom, journalism school or media organization.
Promoting Statistical Literacy
Sense About Science USA promotes statistical literacy at academic and public events across the U.S.
Scientifically Speaking (STATS edition)
We also work with statisticians and statistics students to improve the public’s understanding of statistics through better communication.
A venue for statisticians and mathematicians to critically evaluate study design and statistical methods in research. The subjects (products, procedures, treatments, etc.) of the studies being evaluated are neither endorsed nor rejected by Sense About Science USA. We encourage readers to use these articles as a starting point to discuss better study design and statistical analysis. While we strive for factual accuracy in these posts, they should be considered academic rather than journalistic writing.
Should You Hold Your Breath to Reduce Pain?
How to understand statistical comparisons in new studies
Is the Risk of War Declining?
I teach more than one hundred students every year but will bet my house that a student taller than 7’6’’ will never walk into my classroom. This is because human heights conform well to a “normal” distribution, or “bell curve,” rendering large deviations from average...
What Can Statistics Tell Us About Deflategate?
Both the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady were recently punished by the National Football League for the strong suspicion of deflating footballs in a contest against the Indianapolis Colts. Driving the fines and suspensions was a 243-page document, the...
David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge talks about what makes statisticians miserable and why it’s important for society.
Sense About Science Executive Director Trevor Butterworth talks about the importance of statistical literacy for journalists on Montreal’s The Body of Evidence.
Partners and Resources
Our partners, major statistical organizations, books, articles, and blogs.