Statistics and the Australian Open

I watched parts of the Federer-Tsonga match in the Australian Open a couple of days ago. Federer won the first set of the match. At that point the announcers started a discussion of the players with the highest winning percentage for a match given that the player had won the first set of the match. […]

Sleep Apnea and Cancer – Not so Fast

At the annual meetings of the American Thoracic Society a paper was presented that claimed a link between Sleep Apnea and the risk of getting Cancer. It gained national headlines with a claimed five fold risk dying from cancer for those suffering from the most sever forms of sleep apnea. Those with a moderate form […]

Tax Day – Auto Fatalities – Give Me a Break

The numbers the media cites are wrong the claimed effect is trivial, so why is this news? Since United States tax returns must be filed by next Tuesday there was the inevitable story this week linking an increased risk a dying in an auto accident to tax day. The source was a “Research Letter” in […]

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