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Behind The Numbers: The NCAA’s Data-Hungry First Medical Officer

Oliver Luck, the new NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs, describes the organization’s first medical officer, Brian Hainline, as an empiricist.

Reader Mailbag: Baseball vs. Football

Readers of last weekend’s column entertaining the question of which sport is more popular--Major League Baseball or the National Football League--asked an interesting follow-up question: What are the demographics of the fans?

One in Six NFL Players Goes Bankrupt Within 12 Years of Retirement

Nearly one in six NFL players files for bankruptcy within a dozen years of retirement, according to new research

Number of the Day: $2,815

The Internal Revenue Service and Tax Day bring us today's top number, $2,815, or the average tax refund issued through April 3.

Behind The Numbers: Why Football Might Be Bettor

Is it possible football owes its popularity to television and gambling?

Behind the Numbers: Lost Savings

Conventional wisdom holds that eliminating the dollar bill in favor of a dollar coin would save the government billions of dollars.

Reader Mailbag: Two More Cents on Streaming

Our column last week on royalties in the digital age provoked considerable discussion about music-streaming services and how artists are compensated in the new pay-per-play world. The main takeaway: Musicians need to adapt to surviv...

Number of the Day: 6,441

Today's top number, 6,441, represents the number of foreign adoptions by U.S. parents.

Behind the Numbers: Song Streaming

Streaming music may be a boon for those interested in knowing exactly how many times their songs are played, and by whom. But managing per-song, per-play transactions isn’t a simple task.

Number of the Day: $200

Late University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith left $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36-year run "to enjoy a dinner out." That's a priceless gesture.

Number of the Day: $1 Trillion

For the second time this month (at least), a Wall Street analyst has pegged Apple hitting the $1 trillion level in market capitalization. This time it was Cantor Fitzgerald, written up by the crew at Moneybeat. That about covers it.

Behind the Numbers: Lightning Strikes Thrice (and Then Again)

Most bowlers would be thrilled if the stars aligned just once and they rolled a 300 game. For Hakim Emmanuel of Stoughton, Mass., the stars aligned one Thursday in late February, when he rolled 12 strikes in a row during the first game in his doubles league at Westgate Lanes in Brockton, a Boston-area city. Then they aligned twice more for a perfect 900 series.

Behind the Numbers: The Math Behind PCE

When the U.S. Federal Reserve assesses the rate of inflation in the nation, it prefers to use something called the personal consumption expenditures price index. The PCE captures how changing prices influence consumer behavior.

March Madness and Worker Productivity

The NCAA men's basketball tournament starts this week and with it we get the annual estimate of lost wages paid to distracted and unproductive workers. This year, according to calculations by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the cost could reach as high as $1.9 billion. How accurate is that number?

The Best of Pi Day Poetry

The Numbers on Saturday asked readers to send along their best attempts at a pi-ku in honor of Pi Day. After sifting through scores of submissions, from the silly to the sublime, we're pleased to present our favorites

Celebrating Pi Day, With a Pi-Ku

Pi Day--celebrated on 3/14, or the month/date format that coincides with the numerals 3.14 that begin pi--is the celebration of the irrational number that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Come celebrate with us and write your own pi-ku.

Behind the Numbers: Drilling Down on Illegal Immigration

The Center for Migration Studies this month unveiled a new database of illegal immigrants broken down at national, state and sub-state levels. Among the findings at a national level: About two-thirds of unauthorized residents have access to a computer or the Internet and 55% speak English well or very well.

Reader Mailbag: More Food for Thought

Following last weekend’s Numbers column about dietary guidelines, a reader pointed out that the Harvard School of Public Health has a beef with the USDA’s MyPlate icon. So Harvard has created its own icon.

Behind the Numbers: Where to Find Help Counting Calories

Recommendations for healthy eating are often based on a 2,000-calorie diet, but that figure isn’t appropriate for everyone. Some people need more calories, some need less. Now, the government is getting in the game of helping Americans figure out how much is right for them.

Number of the Day: 5000

For the second consecutive day, The Numbers is going back to the Nasdaq 5000 well for its Number of the Day honoree. Congratulations to our first repeat winner.

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