Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

2019
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Season 1, Episode 18 (Probability Models)

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Casinos are as well versed in probability as statisticians and probability models help them maintain the house advantage over gamblers.
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Season 1, Episode 17 (Introduction To Probability)

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Probability is the mathematics of chance behaviour - and can help predict events such as the daily weather, or whether an asteroid will collide with Earth.
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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.
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Season 1, Episode 7 (Normal Calculations)

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Visit the Boston Beanstalks club for tall people. Height is normally distributed and we can use membership cutoffs and population data to calculate z-scores.
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Season 1, Episode 6 (Normal Curves)

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A nature preserve that's tracked bird migrations through New England for decades records tons of bird-related data; everything from wingspan measurements to arrival dates provides examples of normal distributions.
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Season 1, Episode 5 (Standard Deviation)

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How can we compare sales at two franchises in the Wahoo's restaurant chain? Standard deviation helps us quantify the variability in sales.
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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.
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Season 1, Episode 1 (Stemplots)

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As a first step in visualizing data, we use stemplots to understand measurements taken by the U.S. Army when they size up soldiers in order to design well-fitting gear and supplies for modern warfighters.
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Season 1, Episode 15 (Census And Sampling)

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The U.S. counts every resident every ten years - or at least tries to. Statisticians use sampling from a population as an alternative to a complete count, as utilised at a potato chip factory.
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Season 1, Episode 14 (Designing Experiments)

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We move beyond observational studies - like one of marine life in the remote Line Islands - to designing experiments that manipulate various subject groups - as in the case of a medical study about osteoarthritis treatments.
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