# Why Everyone Needs to Study Statistics, Even Doctors

It seems kind of important that a doctor can correctly interpret the following scenario: A 40-year old woman has a positive mammography in a routine screening. The doctor is told the following about scanning for breast cancer: 1% of women at age forty who participate in routine screening have breast cancer. 80% of women with … Continue reading Why Everyone Needs to Study Statistics, Even Doctors

# Say It Ain’t So, Dan!

Many readers of this blog will recognize the name, Dan Ariely. Dan is a world-renowned behavioral economist at Duke University and the best-selling author of several books on decision making. He also writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal in which he answers readers' questions. That column has been a frequent source of … Continue reading Say It Ain’t So, Dan!

# Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

This week, the U.S. House voted to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Not surprisingly, the vote was nearly unanimously along party lines. All 194 Republicans voted NO and 232 out of 234 Democrats voted YES. I decided to try and calculate the probability of such a vote happening if every Representative voted the … Continue reading Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

# How to Lie with Statistics

I'll never forget a presentation I made several years ago during an Open House event at Villanova. The event was geared towards high school seniors and their parents who were visiting the campus for the day to learn more about the school. I had volunteered to give about a 15-minute talk about the advantages of … Continue reading How to Lie with Statistics

# I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

A few weeks ago I signed up for my first Coursera course - Introduction to Probability and Data, and today I was informed that I had successfully passed the course. The course is part of a five-course Certificate, Statistics with R Specialization (R is a computer language focused on statistical analysis); The other four courses … Continue reading I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

# Add One More App That Quantifies What I Do with My Life

About four months ago I started using Grammarly, an artificial intelligence powered program thatÂ helps people communicate more effectively. Its algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, wordiness, style, punctuation, and even plagiarism. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, … Continue reading Add One More App That Quantifies What I Do with My Life