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Understanding How Statistics Are Interpreted – And Sometimes Manipulated

Posted on · There’s been a lot of rhetoric in recent years in political ranks about violent crime — homicides, assaults, shootings, stabbings, etc. Depending on your sources of news, you might have the impression that the world is a constantly dangerous place to be feared. And in some corners, in some circumstances, perhaps it is. But has […]

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Texas Voter ID Confusion, and Interpreting Statistics: Monday’s Show (April 17, 2017)

Posted on · Confusion over the Texas voter ID law kept some people from voting in the 2016 election, according to a new study. Last week (April 10, 2017), the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a study that found what many political watchers have suspected: confusion over the law kept some people from voting […]

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Big Data’s Prospects for Big Results

Posted on · They say everything’s bigger in Texas. But does that apply to data, too? Rice University Statistics Professor Genevera Allen sees great potential in identifying patterns, trends and associations in “big data” that could have implications for human behavior and health. All we need are the tools to crunch that data. But just what do we […]

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Transgender Rights Challenges: Tuesday’s Show (August 30, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Aug. 22, 2016), U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas ruled the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education exceeded their authority when they applied Title IX’s ban on gender discrimination in public schools to policies regarding transgender students’ use of facilities, like locker rooms and bathrooms. The federal agencies had concluded — and offered guidance […]