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Is it possible to understand what is going on behind the scenes in the new? Does it matter how studies are conducted? What numbers can we trust? Stats+Stories explores quantitative ideas in our daily lives and in journalism.

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.

 

Stats + Stories: Happy Birthday, R!

Aug 11, 2018

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Open Source technologies have been hailed as democratizing spaces - spaces where users can help shape the development and evolution of technologies. If you've used Mozilla's Firefox to visit Stats and Stories, you've used an open source technology. Or if you've stalked a long lost high school friend on Facebook, you've also used a kind of open source technology. What you may not know, or maybe you do because you listen to Stats and Stories, is that some of this data visualizations you come across as you surf the web using Firefox could have been created with another type of open source tack, this time a statistical programming language known as R. Since it was first launched, millions of users and have adopted R for data analysis and presentation. The R community is marking a pretty big milestone in the life of the programming language.

Stats + Stories: R R R R R ...Not Just For Pirates Anymore

Jul 28, 2018
Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham) is Chief Scientist at RStudio, a member of the R Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland.
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The explosion of data available to virtually everyone highlights the need for tools to explore and understand it. Data analysis tools range from programming languages such as python, C and Java to commercial software such as SPSS. or SAS. A relatively new tool is the open source software platform R. Developers can Create R packages dealing with everything from basic analysis to complicated data visualizations. R is twenty-five years old this year and is the focus of this episode of stats and stories where we explore the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. Host Rosemary Pennington and panelist John Bailer chair of Miami's Statistics Departmen are joined by Hadley Wickham. Wickham is chief scientist at R Studio, as well as an adjunct professor of statistics at the University of Auckland, Stanford University and Rice University. He's also a bit of a rock star in R world. Nerd famous for R programs he's developed. 

Stats + Stories: Feeling The Earth Move

Jul 14, 2018
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We are nestled in the rolling hills of southwestern Ohio, in the middle of the Midwest. While we might get the occasional tornado, we are mostly safe from hurricanes, tsunamis, and long stretches of subfreezing temperatures, but what about earthquakes? This is the subject of today's episode of Stats and Stories. Stats and Stories. Richard Campbell, chair of media journalism and film, is joined by regular panelist John Bailer, chair of Miami Statistics Department. Their guest is Kathryn Miles, a journalist, prolific science writer and college professor, and she's author of four books including Super Storm, Nine days inside Hurricane Sandy. Her most recent book is Quakeland - On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake. She apparently knows a lot about natural disasters. 

Stats + Stories: Holding Up A Mirror To Society - A Tale Of Official Statistics In Greece

Jun 30, 2018
Andreas V. Georgiou is an economist with specializations in Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policy and in International Trade and Finance.
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In 2010, Greece made news the world over as longstanding and growing budget deficits left that country facing a monumental economic crisis. The European Union, of which Greece is a member, agreed to a bailout plan for the country, but with it came severe austerity measures.

They were, and remain, deeply unpopular with Greeks and have left Greek politicians looking for a scapegoat. Standing in the midst of all of this is economist Andreas Georgiou, formerly of the International Monetary Fund. Georgiou took over as head of Greece's National Statistical Agency, ELSTAT, in 2010

Stats + Stories: Celebrating The Statistics Of The Beautiful Game

Jun 17, 2018
Luke Bornn (@LukeBornn) is currently Vice President, Strategy and Analytics for the Sacramento Kings . Prior to joining the Kings, Bornn served as Head of Analytics for A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A Football League, where he worked closely with manager
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Every four years sports fans around the world are glued to their TVs or barstools as the beautiful game is featured during World Cup play. Considered one of the most important tournaments in soccer, this year's World Cup contenders are gathered in Russia chasing after the golden trophy. Twenty eight teams' favorites to win the tourney include perennial powerhouses Germany, Brazil, Spain and France. Belgium is seen as a team poised to pull off an upset. While commentators will be focusing on the fleet footwork and deft dribbling of the sports stars, analysts will be crunching numbers trying to figure out if the secret to a team's success lie somewhere in sports data.

The statistics of the beautiful game are the focus of this episode of stats and stories where we explore the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, chair of Miami statistics department, and Richard Campbell, chair of media journalism and film. Their guest is Luke Burnn, an assistant professor of statistics at Simon Fraser University and the vice president of strategy and analytics for the Sacramento Kings. He's also one of the authors of a piece in Significance magazine exploring the world of soccer stats. 

Stats + Stories: G-D-P, it's easy as 1-2-3

Jun 10, 2018
Diane Coyle is the founder of Enlightenment Economics , and Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.
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While cholesterol levels may lead to concern about your physical health, how do we measure the health of a nation's economy? Our focus today on Stats and Stories is the measurement and assessment of national economy's health. Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film as well as the American Statistical Association. I'm John Bailer from the Department of Statistics, and I'm joined on the panel today by Richard Campbell, chair of the department of Media, Journalism and Film. Our guest today is Diane Coyle. Diane is the founder of Enlightenment Economics and Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She was recently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire C.B.E. for services to economics and the public understanding of economics. She is also the author of the 2014 book G.D.P. a brief but affectionate history. 

Stats + Stories: Chins And Ears Are Not Information Rich - Awkwardness And Social Relationships

May 27, 2018
Ty Tashiro (@tytashiro) is an author and relationship expert. He wrote Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome and The Science of Happily Ever After.
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The latest Stats + Stories short episode is about social relationships and the awkwardness and how you interact with others, and how the way you're "hard-wired" may relate to the way you encounter others. Psychologist and Interpersonal Relationship Expert, Ty Tashiro joins the Stats + Stories team, John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington, and Richard Campbell. Tashiro going to help us understand the research and Neuroscience and Sociology to think about this trait of awkwardness, and its origin. We certainly enjoy it on the television shows like "Big Bang Theory", and celebrate that in many of our Home Departments, as those of us around the table might confess to. He received his PhD. In psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward, and Why That's Awesome".

Stats + Stories: Are Communities Helped By Terraforming Food Deserts?

May 13, 2018
Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and Director of the Statistics Advisory Center at RAND Corporation.	Her current research interests center on leveraging natural experiment designs to estimate the effects of neighborhood-level 'interventions'
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The Rand Corporation is a global think-tank which launched in 1948. The original purpose of providing analysis to the U.S. Military, and now conducts research and analysis for governments, universities and other organizations from all over the world. Rand's policy interests include children and families, national security, and health and health care among many other issues. Rand's health related research is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists are Department of Statistics' Chair John Bailer and Department of Media, Journalism and Film's Chair, Richard Campbell are joined by guest Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar. She's a Senior Statistician and Director of the Statistical Advisory Center at Rand. Ghosh-Dastidar's work has examined issues related to HIV, as well as Population Health and recent research has examined how neighborhood-level changes in health behaviors impacts health outcomes.

Stats + Stories: Abstract Art Or Modern Congressional Districts

Apr 28, 2018
Gary King (@kinggary) is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
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Politicians and political parties are beginning the ramp up to the 2018, mid-term elections. As the candidates talk strategy and political parties polling, the states where those elections will take place are talking something much more fundamental, voting districts. That discussion in part has been forced by court cases in several states challenging the creation of gerrymandered districts. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined in the studio are regular panelists, John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism, and Film. Their guest is Gary King. King is the Albert J Weatherhead III professor at Harvard University, as well as the director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His research, has examined the relationship between media and politics, big data and political science methodology. He also originally proposed what's known as Partisan Symmetry for fairness and legislative redistricting. 

Stats + Stories: Jaguar Corridors, Koala Conservation And Reef Health

Apr 20, 2018
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When it comes to addressing environmental or public health related challenges, the conversation often centers on what we need to do to fix the problem, whether that be a warming planet or dying bees. Less focus is spent on understanding how we know what we know. How do we know the planet is warming? How do we know that certain insecticides are killing bees? The statistics that help us better understand such challenges are the focus of this episode of Stats+Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists Department of Statistics Chair John Bailer and Department of Media, Journalism and Film Chair, Richard Campbell are joined by Kerrie Mengersen. Mengersen is a distinguished Professor in Statistics at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. She works on statistical methods and computational tools seeking to apply them to real world problems and Health, Environment and Industry. Mengersen is also the President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. 

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