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Blog Profile / The Numbers Guy


URL :http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/
Filed Under:Academics / Mathematics
Posts on Regator:519
Posts / Week:1.6
Archived Since:December 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Stanford, Christmas Trees and Marcus Mariota (Statshot)

This week in Statshot: Applications to Stanford University have almost doubled over the past eight years; more than 17 million Christmas trees are harvested in the U.S. each year, creating a half-billion-dollar market for distinctly shaped fir trees; and more.

Lefties Lag Behind, Counting Gadgets and Self-Help Sells (Statshot)

American left-handers score worse on math and reading tests and make less money than righties. Many citizens in prosperous European countries juggle more devices that connect to the Internet than Americans. Reference and self-help books are more popular than children's books on Amazon.

Loneliness, Oil and Star Wars (Statshot)

A large study has found that loneliness among teenagers in the U.S. has dropped significantly in the past two decades, good news from OPEC for gas guzzlers, and a look at long-delayed sequels.

When Using Math to Catch Crooks, You Can’t Jump to Conclusions

Benford’s Law, a mathematical tool that helps tease out anomalies in accounting records, can help identify fraud, but the leading expert on Benford’s cautions against jumping to hasty conclusions based on a single test.

Statshot: Money, Super PACs and What Crime Americans Fear Most

This week in Statshot: money may not buy happiness, but countries with growing economies, as well as more stable politics, tend to have more satisfied citizens; also, computer hackers’ theft of credit-card information tops the list of what Americans fear most; and more.

Statshot: Net Neutrality, Reusable Letters and Lionel Messi

In this week's Statshot: net neutrality, reusable letters and Lionel Messi

Statshot: Demographics, Heart Disease and iPhone Games

This week in Statshot, demographics, heart disease and iPhone games.

Overtime, the San Francisco Housing Market and Taylor Swift (Statshot)

American workers are spending more hours on the job since the mid-1970s. San Francisco’s housing market continues to heat up. Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” just became the fastest U.S. seller since “The Eminem Show” in 2002.

Statshot: Money, Super PACs and Running in the Cold

This week in Statshot: money may not buy happiness, but countries with growing economies, as well as more stable politics, tend to have more satisfied citizens; runners in colder American cities are somewhat more likely to move their runs indoors over the winter, but they are even more likely to skip that jog entirely; and more.

Daylight Saving Time Origins: From Ben Franklin to WWI Germany

Though he didn't call it daylight saving time, Benjamin Franklin was the first to conceive of the idea.

Invasive Species, PTAs and Fantasy Football (Statshot)

The U.S. government is fighting several introduced animal species that are crowding out natives. The number of nonprofits supporting U.S. public schools grew sharply between 1995 and 2010. Last weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger earned the fifth-highest fantasy point total by a quarterback in the past 10 years.

More Tornadoes Recorded Doesn’t Mean More Tornadoes Occurring

The number of tornadoes recorded by the National Climatic Data Center has increased in recent years, but that doesn’t mean there have been more twisters.

Talking to Your Phone, Dining Out and Slower Runs (Statshot)

American teens don’t use smartphone voice-recognition technology much more than adults do overall, but they use it in different ways. Homemade meals make up almost 20% less of our calorie intake than they did 35 years ago. The jump in marathon participation has brought with it a sharp increase in average finishing time.

Using Air Traffic Data to Predict Ebola’s Spread

While a number of researchers are modeling the spread of Ebola in West African countries, a group at Boston’s Northeastern University has used air traffic connections to explore how the disease might spread to the rest of the world.

Leaving Puerto Rico, Counting Calories and a New No. 1 (Statshot)

Far more Puerto Ricans now live off the island than on it, many fast food chains have started serving slightly lighter fare, and Mississippi State took over first place in the AP football poll this week for the first time in its history.

Quiz: How Do Politics Relate to Shopping Habits?

People's political beliefs extend into a number of areas of their lives. According to data from a market research company, these belief systems also relate to how and what people buy.

Remember Pens and Pencils? They’re Doing Just Fine

Remember pens and pencils? They're not only still around, but they're selling well. That has to do not just with surviving technology, but learning to work with it.

Americans Hate Congress, but Like Their Own Representatives

For Americans, their own Congress member is the devil they know. Voters have more favorable views of their own Congress members than they do of Congress in general, according to a Gallup poll released today.

Ranking Holiday Spending: Do We Buy More on Halloween or Father’s Day?

Retailers are preparing for their main holiday season, but there are spending spikes at other points of the year as well. How much money major annual events pull in depends on the holiday.

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