An Interesting Statistics-Related Site

posted Mar 21, 2012, 2:41 PM by Daniel Heard   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 3:19 PM ]

I came across a very interesting site that does a lot of interesting analysis and representation of data. The author (Jeff Clark) deals with a lot of social-media related data. Give it a look

(Briefly) On the Importance of Statistics

posted Feb 6, 2012, 10:22 AM by Daniel Heard   [ updated Feb 16, 2012, 5:24 PM ]

We live in an increasingly quantitative world. Constantly, we are bombarded with graphs, charts, poll results and numbers of various forms.

What drew me to this area of study is that statistics lies at the heart of many of the numbers that are thrown at us. I recently met a graduate student working on his dissertation in comparative literature. He is using statistical methods to compare passages from different books to determine if there is some quantitative method to distinguish between authors. If statistics has made its way into comparative literature, I don't think there's anywhere you can't find it. Ecologists use statistics to model the growth patterns of trees in forests; search engines like Google and Yahoo use statistics to determine what advertisements to show users; Netflix and Amazon uses similar statistical algorithms to make recommendations to users; the entire sports industry saturated with statistics covering every imaginable aspect of the game (see the film Moneyball as a perfect example). It is apparent that everyone is utilizing statistics in some way in order to better understand topics interest, and that statistics is going to be invaluable in the developments of (almost) every field.

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