Blog Profile / The Numbers Guy

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Archived Since:December 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Behind The Numbers: Branch Out, Introverts

The social networks of introverts tend to be smaller than the networks of extroverts, which could affect their careers, according to new research by two Dartmouth professors.

Big Jackpots, Mega Long Odds and Office Pools

With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at $233 million for Friday's drawing, workplace office pools are quite likely cropping up like wild mushrooms after a rainfall. At least they have here at Numbers HQ.

Behind The Numbers: A Busted ‘Time Series’

The Current Population Survey provided reliably comparable data on the number of uninsured Americans--until last year.

Time Check: Markets Fret a Leap Second

As The Numbers wrote in January, the leap second is due to make one of its periodic appearances later this year. And markets are jumpy.

Behind The Numbers: Food for Thought

When it comes to data, the language used to explain is often as important as the numbers. The USDA's estimates of where folks are eating is a prime example.

Numbers Noise: IP Addresses Near Limit

The U.S. is running out of Internet Protocol addresses. But this doesn't mean the Internet has reached its limit.

Number of the Day: $179.4 Million

Today's number, $179.4 million, comes courtesy of the auction house Christie's, which on Monday evening sold Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" to an anonymous telephone bidder.

Numbers of the Week

Every day this week will be the same forward and backward, if formatted as it is in the U.S. as 5/11/15 (i.e., 51115, 51215, etc).

Numbers Game: 2, 3, 4, 5 = 18 (But How?)

Take the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, use any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and arrive at an answer of 18.

Behind The Numbers: Scoring on the SAT Score

Professional test-prep courses are time-consuming and expensive, but if they significantly boost a student’s SAT score, they might be worth it for those who can afford the coaching.

Reader Mailbag: Minding the GAAP

When financial sources report price per earnings ratios, do they use GAAP earnings?

Train of Thought: C&Coincidence?

Spotting a C&C soda delivery truck--curious coincidence or semi-common occurrence?

Number of the Day: 5056.06

The Nasdaq Composite Index, after closing at 5048.62 on March 10, 2000, reclaimed that and then some on Thursday.

Jobs to Count On: Numeracy Required

When’s annual rankings of the top 200 careers came out last week, we were chagrined to learn that, sigh, newspaper reporter came in dead last of the ranked.

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.

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