Against All Odds: Inside Statistics

November 2017

Season 1, Episode 12 (Two-way Tables)

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One city surveyed the happiness of its residents. Two-way tables help organise the data and tease out relationships between happiness levels and opinions about aspects of the city itself.

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.
October 2017

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.

Season 1, Episode 8 (Checking Assumption Of Normality)

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Production at Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs provides a number of distributions that look normal - but are they?

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.

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.
September 2017

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.

Season 1, Episode 4 (Boxplots)

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Using the example of hot dog calorie counts, we use boxplots to visualise the five-number summary and make comparisons between different types of frankfurters.

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.