Statistics

Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner Takes On This Week's Headlines

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We spoke with Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner 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.

The major take-away? Dubner urges you to think like a freak, and to listen to more public radio.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence

What are the chances we would all look so good in our selfies?
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We’ve all heard it all before:  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?

Today on Word of Mouth: improbability…it’s more common than you think.

Plus, Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie has been retweeted over three million 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.

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3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast)

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.

Guest:

  • Charles Wheelan - Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller Naked Economics and the new Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
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Word of Mouth
10:33 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay

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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. Brooks Barnes is a media reporter for the New York Times – he recently wrote about Vinny Bruzzese, a statistician and former professor who’s using big data to slice and dice Hollywood screenplays

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