Monday, January 11, 2010
Apparently one has a 1 in 16.5 million chance of being on a flight with a terrorist. Huh.

Read all about it here: "The Odds of Airborne Terror".

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I love statistics. I love baseball.

But baseball statistics confound me.

I'd never heard of WAR until yesterday. WAR is "Wins Above Replacement" - how many wins a player contributes to a team beyond what a replacement player would have contributed.

Confused yet?

Sounds like you need: "Everything you always wanted to know about: WAR".

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I heard this story on NPR last week but forgot to link to it: "NH pop. exceeds Maine for 1st time since 1800".


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Thursday, December 24, 2009
I love numbers. I’m weird, I know, but I love sifting through them, finding raw data, making connections.

Which is one of the reasons I love the decennial Census of Population and Housing.

Needless to say I’m eagerly anticipating the 2010 Census.

I was poking around on the website the other day and found an interesting report - the Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000.

Apparently in the US there are seven last names that are held by a million or more people (Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, Jones, Miller and Davis). They account for 4 percent of the population – one in every 25 people. The name “Smith” alone is held by 2.3 million people - .9 percent of the population.

So I had to look up names I am related to - “Hall” (one of my grandmothers’ maiden names) is number 30, and “Edwards” is number 53.

No other names in the immediate families make the cut, although following closely to “Edwards” is “Nguyen” at number 57.

Isn't this interesting? And just think about the changes that 2010 will bring ...

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