Tag Archives: Statistics

*Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not*

From The Economist: Academic scientists readily acknowledge that they often get things wrong. But they also hold fast to the idea that these errors get corrected over time as other scientists try to take the work further. Evidence that many more dodgy results are published than are subsequently corrected or withdrawn calls that much-vaunted capacity… Read More »

Nigeria’s inflation at lowest point in two years

From NEXT: Nigeria’s consumer inflation eased to 10.3 percent year-on-year in June from 11.0 percent the previous month, its lowest level for more than two years, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday. Growth in food prices, which form the bulk of the inflation index basket in Africa’s most populous country, also eased, to… Read More »

The Social meaning of the power law

If you count the book sales on Amazon and plot them according to frequency, the curve hugs the vertical and horizontal axes, indicating a few very large numbers (the blockbusters) and many small ones (the ‘long tail’ of books like yours and mine). This is a typical manifestation of something called a ‘power-law’ distribution. This… Read More »