Posts about Statistics
  • 22 Jan 2014 On Hot Hands and Shooting Streaks : Does "momentum" in basketball really exist?

    Basketball fans and players alike will attest to the 'hot hand' phenomenon, where the chances or a player making the shot are much higher following a series of successful shots than the chances following a miss. In this article, we feature a journal article that debunks this phenomenon as merely a figment of fans' imaginations.

  • 26 Jan 2014 On Your Life Expectancy : Chronic Behaviors and Longevity Returns

    Everyone says that smoking can drastically reduce your life expectancy by introducing all sorts of complications, but the question is: how much of your life are you sacrificing, stick by stick? Know the answer to this question and for many other chronic behaviors by reading on!

  • 2 Feb 2014 On Getting to Know the Filipino Informal Settler

    How well do you know the Filipino informal settler? Is he poor and underprivileged? What happens if you force him to pay rent? Well, short of actually starting a conversation with one, we can get to know the Filipino informal settler through data. Read on to find out more.

  • 9 Mar 2014 On the Probability of Mortality

    Everything carries a risk, and nothing has preoccupied the human mind more than the risk of death. What are the safest (and most dangerous) modes of transportation? What activities commonly regarded as risky, really are? Let's find out.

  • 25 May 2014 On Purchasing Power Parities, the Big Mac Index, and the International Comparison Programme

    The GDP per capita of the Philippines exceeds that of India by 55%, but the cost of living is so much cheaper in India that if you account for cheaper goods and services, that difference narrows to only 20%. In this first installment of Numbersense, we will take a look at purchasing power parities and why they are important for cross-country comparisons.

  • 22 May 2016 On Scientific Studies, P-Hacking, and Media Irresponsibility

    John Oliver lays down the problems with public perceptions of scientific studies shaped by the media.

  • 27 May 2016 On the Elections : Election Fingerprints (Part 1)

    In this elections series, we'll explore various aspects of the 2016 Philippine National Elections, from fraud detection to the differences in how our country votes. In this first instalment, we learn about election fingerprints and how they may be used to detect fraud in the form of ballot stuffing or vote padding.