Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

August 2018

Season 1, Episode 11 (Correlation)

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Twin studies track how similar identical and fraternal twins are on various characteristics, even if they don't grow up together. Correlation lets researchers put a number on it.

Season 1, Episode 10 (Fitting Lines To Data)

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Winter snowpack in the Colorado Rockies can predict spring water supply. Plotting annual measurements in a scatterplot lets resource managers draw a regression line that helps them forecast water availability.
July 2018

Season 1, Episode 9 (Scatterplots)

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Plotting annual numbers of Florida powerboat registrations and manatee killings suggests an uncomfortable relationship for the marine mammals.
June 2018

Season 1, Episode 3 (Measures Of Center)

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It's helpful to know the centre of a distribution - which is what the clerical workers in Colorado Springs found out in the 1980s when they campaigned for comparable wages for comparable work.
May 2018

Season 1, Episode 2 (Histograms)

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Meteorologists use histograms to map when lightning strikes and this visualisation technique helps them understand the data in new ways.

Season 1, Episode 30 (One-way Anova)

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Does holding a heavier clipboard make you estimate that a jar of coins has more money in it than if you're holding a lighter clipboard? Psychologists use One-Way ANOVA to analyse the data from this experiment.

Season 1, Episode 29 (Inference For Regression)

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Historical story of how statisticians built the case against DDT as the culprit behind plummeting peregrine falcon population numbers.
April 2018

Season 1, Episode 28 (Inference For Two-way Tables)

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Host Dr. Pardis Sabeti's own research examines possible genetic resistance to deadly Lassa fever in West Africa. Using Inference for Two-Way Tables helps untangle potential relationships.
March 2018

Season 1, Episode 27 (Inference For Proportions)

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Managers have no clue what conditions actually motivate their workers best, as shown by research conducted by Teresa Amabile, host of the original Against All Odds.

Season 1, Episode 26 (Comparing Two Means)

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Comparing the activity and calorie expenditure levels of Western office workers and African hunter gatherers adds some surprising new data to the science of obesity.