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]
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]
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?
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?
What is some recent important or interesting research done in your field? [more inside]
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]
Morbid question about Louis CK's statistical analysis of the crowd at last year's Beacon Theater show. [more inside]
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.
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]
Statistics, machine learning, and image analysis/processing. Two months. Self-study. No other obligations. Recommendations? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England. [more inside]
Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for a web based survey tool that can give feedback to survey takers at the end [more inside]
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]
I'm trying to find the primary source of a much-repeated, but somewhat dubious, statistic. [more inside]
Could someone help me to analyze statistical relationship between two dimensions of a frequency matrix - preferably in Excel? [more inside]
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]
SPSS-filter: changing systems-missing values to user-missing values to match survey skip pattern. [more inside]
What are the most mathematically 'advanced' RPG systems? Pen & paper and otherwise? [more inside]
[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]
Where can I find information about the rates of automobile traffic (per minutes/day/month) per address or intersection?
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]
Where can I find the income distribution for India? My google-fu is weak on this one. [more inside]
I need help finding statistics on the effectiveness of various teaching methods. [more inside]
"Fewer persons alive at 70 today survive until 90 than forty years ago." True or False? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend free (or cheap) graphing software for Windows? [more inside]
Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
So I want to calculate rate of events as a function of time... [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
When calculating a statistical average, is it reasonable to remove outliers? [more inside]
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.
How do I go about gathering statistics regarding vegan/vegetarians? [more inside]
Sports nerds of MeFi: where do you go for your downloadable sports statistics database needs? [more inside]
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]
Statistics help - What test should I use? Help needed for a novice. [more inside]
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]
Are there more arriving or departing flights in the United States? Bonus: previous years, other countries, domestic vs. international, etc.