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Kenneth Feinberg explains his approach to deciding how to distribute funds for victims of tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings.
As gay-rights advocates push for more states to legalize same-sex marriage, they are also pushing for the right to same-sex divorce. But the stats on this new form of relationship split are lagging.
Economists say the long-term cost of the Boston bombings likely is small, but there is plenty of uncertainty attached to that projection, as there is to estimates of the cost of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The finding that a prominent economics paper was based in part on a spreadsheet coding error highlights the cracks in quality control that can allow such mistakes to slip through.
Samoa Air's decision to charge airfare by passenger weight has highlighted the obesity crisis in Pacific islands -- and some controversy over just how severe the crisis is.
The movie industry moves away from dated estimates of the economic effects from piracy and toward collaboration with academic researchers seeking natural experiments in the digital-film world.
A look at a pledge by food makers to cut 1.5 trillion calories from the food and drink they sell by 2015. Can they do it, and if they can, can it be measured and what impact will it have?
How many guns, gun owners, and households with guns are there in the U.S.? The answers aren't easy to come by, a mystery pollsters are eager to solve.
An annual attempt rank the world's 50 best restaurants confronts challenges around comped meals, lobbying and balancing the world's regions.
Researchers studying early education use return-on-investment calculations to measure the value of getting an early start on teaching children.
Statisticians are in increasing demand as more students study statistics at all levels and universities and industry jockey to hire graduates in the field. But will the computer-science bubble repeat itself in statistics?
The quants have entered the Academy, bringing statistical analysis to forecasts of Oscar winners. But this prediction exercise is very different than the one presented by last fall's U.S. presidential election.
Complex calculations are necessary to find candidates for powerful lifetime positions who will live long, healthy lives.
World-wide city rankings by cost of living generally are based on the buying preferences and habits of a tiny proportion of the population: expatriate executives.
Do red-light cameras make intersections safer? There are lots of ways to interpret the numbers, and results in one city may not translate to its neighboring town.
How percentages of battery power remaining and of probability of precipitation can be subject to interpretation.
A summer institute seeks to promote cultural and scientific exchange, and improve statistical understanding, in North Korea, a country many experts say has the least reliable statistics in the world.
Obesity researchers debate whether Body Mass Index has outlived its usefulness and should be corroborated or replaced by other measures, such as waist circumference.
A recent study suggests that highly educated people can put too much stock in meaningless math. Even specialists sometimes let slip sloppy statistics.
Readers and statistical professionals offer tips for a more numerically astute new year.