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What are the *approximate* download numbers for a Top 20 podcast episode?

What are the *approximate* download numbers for a Top 20 podcast episode? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

So, um, how big is your....kneecap?

Say I'm an industrial designer (I'm not), and I have to design a car seat, desk chair, climbing harness, body armor, or some other piece of equipment that has to be able to interact with a whole bunch of differently-shaped humans on a regular basis. What resource do I use to find out things like average foot width, or average knee circumference, average jaw length, or any other specific anatomical measurements? [more inside]
posted by cirgue on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the best way to learn R?

What is the best way for me to learn R? In particular, what is the best website or online tutorials for learning to deal with large datasets. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision on Jun 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Pocket Anthropology

Is there a way to find out approximately when I left this wad of money in my (very old) jacket pocket, using statistics and date/number info from the bills? What would be the minimum number of bills needed for such a thing?
posted by nile_red on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

learn data science

I'd like to learn about data science. Things like predictive modelling, regression and classification and so on. What would be good books or online courses to start with?
posted by gwynp on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Important or interesting research done in your field?

What is some recent important or interesting research done in your field? [more inside]
posted by benthegirl on Jun 2, 2012 - 17 answers

It's hard to Google infographics

I'm looking for an infographic (?) about how lucky it is to have been born in the developed world. I remember a format similar to "If you are also literate, then you are already in the top x% of the world," with various characteristics substituted in for "literate." [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on May 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Who ruined their family's christmas?

Morbid question about Louis CK's statistical analysis of the crowd at last year's Beacon Theater show. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on May 25, 2012 - 28 answers

Data on civilian casualties of war?

I am interested in seeing some comparative data on the civilian casualties of warfare, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Are there any great analyses of this topic, perhaps on DVD, YouTube, or illustrated in books with graphs? (I have a hard time envisioning the magnitude of these things when they are presented only as bald numbers.) I started thinking about this topic after watching The Fog of War, which is a documentary about Robert McNamara. He presented some amazing comparative information about World War II and the Cold War. I would love to acquire a similar critical context for other conflicts, including the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by mortaddams on May 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Who are we in the U.S., really?

Besides Central Americans, what are other countries that have major first-generation diaspora communities in the United States? India? Armenia? Cambodia? Other Asian countries? Just wild guesses here. [more inside]
posted by metajc on May 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Please rec some good learning materials

Statistics, machine learning, and image analysis/processing. Two months. Self-study. No other obligations. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by puppetsock on May 14, 2012 - 10 answers

People who do x are more likely to y

I'd like to read about unexpected statistical correlations that begin to emerge when companies or academics use data mining to analyze behaviour in large groups of people. I'm looking for articles/sites that are a little more serious than this (found while searching Metafilter for this topic). More like this (NYT: Target is able to predict that some customers are pregnant before their children are born). Thanks for your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Termite on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

How many pageviews?

I have a blogger/blogspot blog, and I get very different information about my stats from the "stats" page, Google Analytics, and statcounter.com. Who is right? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm a data scientist! What does that mean?

Can you point me to the best resources to learn about these new-fangled things they call data science and big data? I just started a new job as a data scientist and need to get up to speed. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on May 8, 2012 - 10 answers

How to model the accident rate on a certain stretch of road

How could I approach modeling the number of accidents on a certain stretch of road? I've got some semi-ecological approaches in mind but no idea if they're workable. Are there standard approaches to this sort of problem? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England.

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on May 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Identifying urban centers using an algorithm based on topological prominence

Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Apr 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me help her.

Nutshell: I need a reputable, authoritative source of data about how many times the average victim of abuse/domestic violence/intimate partner violence returns to the relationship. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Apr 27, 2012 - 6 answers

help finding patterns in data

Given a set of columnar data, some of which are categorical and others that are numerical, how can I identify which category columns are responsible for signficant changes in the one or more of the numerical columns? [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help the stats-challenged understand an odds ratio

Statistics make my head go wobbly. But I need to understand something about odds ratios. Actually, I don't need to understand -- I just need to make sure I'm not screwing up this particular figure. Please help! [more inside]
posted by neroli on Apr 19, 2012 - 15 answers

What web survey tools can give analytical feedback to survey taker?

Looking for a web based survey tool that can give feedback to survey takers at the end [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ on Apr 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Bathrooms and Statistics

My workplace has 3 small bathrooms. It seems to me that if I go to use one of them, and it's occupied, there is a statically higher chance the 2nd and even 3rd bathroom will be occupied (vs the chance that they would be occupied if the 1st one was not). Is it true? [more inside]
posted by lohmannn on Apr 13, 2012 - 30 answers

Lies, damned lies and statistics?

I'm trying to find the primary source of a much-repeated, but somewhat dubious, statistic. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

How to determine relationship between two dimensions of a 3 x 3 frequency matrix?

Could someone help me to analyze statistical relationship between two dimensions of a frequency matrix - preferably in Excel? [more inside]
posted by Susurration on Apr 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Walk me through a multivariate regression

Stats filter. I am doing multivariate regression for the first time and I want to understand what I'm doing, having gone beyond my formal training. I have many possible ways I could formulate the regression (different variables to include) and I want to find a model that is both the best possible fit while using the fewest number of variables. How? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Skip patterns and user-missing values in SPSS

SPSS-filter: changing systems-missing values to user-missing values to match survey skip pattern. [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Mar 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Most 'realistic' rpg rules?

What are the most mathematically 'advanced' RPG systems? Pen & paper and otherwise? [more inside]
posted by empath on Mar 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Calculating a binomial distribution confidence interval for a particular experiment

[StatisticsFilter] I’m trying to understand the extent that the statics of a particular experiment can be evaluated and trying to relate that to a 95% confidence interval. The experiment is considered “a standard”, but I want to keep the discussion as “high level” as I can so that we focus on only the relevant details. Any help or pointers in the right direction are greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 12, 2012 - 25 answers

Information about rate of traffic per address/intersection

Where can I find information about the rates of automobile traffic (per minutes/day/month) per address or intersection?
posted by digdan on Mar 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Historians must count

I have a research project in mind. It involves the use of statistics. I am a typical humanities grad with no real background in the quantitative social sciences, and need some guidance. What I'm interested in is: tracking, tallying, and correlating some of the everyday events recorded in personal diaries from a particular historical period. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Who are the 1% in India?

Where can I find the income distribution for India? My google-fu is weak on this one. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 answers

I need some stats on teaching methods, stat.

I need help finding statistics on the effectiveness of various teaching methods. [more inside]
posted by lemoncello on Mar 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Counting the Elderly

"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 answers

That's not a blue moon; pull over...

Can anyone point me to actual data on how often motorists receive traffic tickets? I'm looking for where the top of the bell curve is, so to speak - obviously, individuals vary widely, which is kind of the point of my question - how often does the "median" driver receive traffic tickets? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Mar 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Recommendations for free or cheap graphing software

Can you recommend free (or cheap) graphing software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Is joint parameter estimation always strictly better than individual parameter estimation?

Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Envisioning a syllabus on the Display of Quantitative Information

I am planning on teaching a course on data visualization to some Ph.D. students in the social sciences, and could use some ideas about designing the syllabus. If you have taken or taught such a course, I would especially value your input, but I would also love to hear from any among you who have experience doing data visualization. [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I integrate a time sequence of correlations?

Statistics filter: If I asses the same paired variables for the same population at multiple points in time, can I integrate the relation into an overall correlation? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Feb 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Ref.Cat? s.e.? Stats help needed!

Would you be kind to someone who is culturally proficient, but statistically deficient? Specifically, what is going on in the tables at the end of this paper? [more inside]
posted by robself on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Frequency approximation for series of events

So I want to calculate rate of events as a function of time... [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Will fit statistical models for food (and additional money for rent and whatnot)

I've been focusing on getting a tenure-track academic position for a long time, but I feel like it's foolish not to be looking elsewhere for work, too. What jobs might I be a (reasonably) good applicant for? (relevant personal details below the fold) [more inside]
posted by noahpoah on Jan 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me make sense of the facebook

I'm in charge of inviting people to Facebook events for a small nonprofit. We've started tracking the number of people that say they are going and maybe going on Facebook vs. the number of people who actually show up to the event. It looks like of the people that say they are going or maybe going to an event about 50% actually show up. Is this a normal show up rate? Has anyone done statistical study on this kind of data? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Jan 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Creating my own crime map

I want to create a "crime map" of a city over time. I know the dates of the crimes, and I know the physical address. I'd like for the crime map to be something that I could show a crowd in a presentation such that the audience members could witness for themselves how a particular part of the city changed as time went on. I was thinking of Gapminder as the ideal, but spatially and dynamic instead of simply numbers. I suppose it'd be possible to get something up and going with GIS, but I was wanting to do it in a way that was idiot-proof as this is only valuable to me if I can do it easily without a ton of time learning some new program.
posted by scunning on Jan 18, 2012 - 3 answers

When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers?

When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Jan 13, 2012 - 31 answers

Looking for web resource for Canadian court statistics.

How can I locate sources for statistics on the outcomes of Canadian criminal court cases, that include such data as type of defence counsel (ie Legal Aid, from large firm, high profile, new in field, or preferably cost of counsel), amount of time before trial, income/profession of defendant, sentence given, and sentence actually carried out? Does such data even exist? I'm only asking out of curiosity, not for any professional or education project.
posted by rupeh on Jan 11, 2012 - 7 answers

30 Vegans Agree...."Better to be overprepared than underprepared."

How do I go about gathering statistics regarding vegan/vegetarians? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Value Over Replacement Database

Sports nerds of MeFi: where do you go for your downloadable sports statistics database needs? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jan 3, 2012 - 8 answers

A little help on a statistics paper on inflation, in German.

I am looking for a little translation help on an inflation statistics paper in German language (look in more inside for the link). This official paper is quite interesting for students of statistics and social students interested in perceived cost of living vs actual cost of living, in Europe as well as in any other country, as it allegedly shows that indeed there were some excessive rouding of prices during the conversion to euro in Germany. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Jan 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Help with statistics!

Statistics help - What test should I use? Help needed for a novice. [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Dec 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

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