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.
The Challenge of Selection Bias
Are Republican Senators in favor of paid parental leave for their staff but not the public? A survey suggests so—but is it an example of selection bias?
Popular Allergy, Sleep Medicines and Dementia: A Risk?
Responding to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine linking certain drugs to dementia, The Daily Mail ran with the headline: “Popular sleep remedies and hayfever pills 'increase risk of Alzheimer's by more than 50%.'” It’s not clear whom the Daily Mail is quoting, or...
Climate Change, Statistical Significance, and Science
A recent plea for scientists to “stop playing dumb on climate change” shows why The New York Times Op Ed page needs a statistician.
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.