Statistics http://nhpr.org en Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner Takes On This Week's Headlines http://nhpr.org/post/freakonomics-stephen-dubner-takes-weeks-headlines <p><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/61014-exo-skeleton-kicking-world-cup-and-why-reading-ya-embarassing" style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with <em>Freakonomics </em>co-author Stephen Dubner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about three issues that have been dominating headlines lately. In case you’ve missed them and need to catch up quickly, we’ve compiled the highlights so you can be a champion of serious water-cooler discussions.</span></p><p>The major take-away? Dubner urges you to <a href="http://freakonomics.com/books/think-like-a-freak/">think like a freak</a>, and to listen to more public radio.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:31:11 +0000 Molly Donahue 49981 at http://nhpr.org Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner Takes On This Week's Headlines 3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence http://nhpr.org/post/31114-probablility-miracle-who-owns-selfie-measuring-personal-intelligence <p></p><p>We’ve all heard it all before: &nbsp;Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. That was a one in a million shot! It’s a miracle! But is there any truth behind these sayings?</p><p>Today on Word of Mouth: improbability…it’s more common than you think.</p><p>Plus, Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie has been retweeted over three <em>million</em> times, setting a new record for twitter shares. Ellen may have posted it, but Bradley Cooper snapped the photo. We’re going to look into who exactly owns the rights to the now iconic pic.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments!</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:15:04 +0000 Word of Mouth 44855 at http://nhpr.org 3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/naked-statistics-rebroadcast <p>Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age, a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls, how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Charles Wheelan - </strong> Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller <em>Naked Economics</em> and the new <em>Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data</em></li></ul> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 33728 at http://nhpr.org Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast) The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay http://nhpr.org/post/hard-science-behind-hit-screenplay <p>Nate Silver opened the public’s eyes to the power of predictive statistics… now, having already conquered politics, marketing, and social media, data-crunchers are taking on their next big challenge: Hollywood. <strong>Brooks Barnes</strong> is a media reporter for the New York Times – he recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/business/media/solving-equation-of-a-hit-film-script-with-data.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=0&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1367935387-HyvBlxfnfLhNF96MmgDKOg" target="_blank">wrote about</a> Vinny Bruzzese, a statistician and former professor who’s using big data to slice and dice Hollywood screenplays</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:33:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27004 at http://nhpr.org The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay