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. […]

Record Lows on the Mississippi River

Recent news accounts (here, here, and here) have focused on the low water levels along the Mississippi River, the removal of bedrock from the river bottom, and the impact on barge traffic along the river south of St. Louis. A post over at asked “How Low Can It [The Mississippi River] Go?” The graphic […]

Some records are not worth talking about

I tend to dislike it when the local weather station reports a new record. There are just so many categories of data that the weather service track. In most places data exists for a maximum of only 100 to 150 years. There are record highs, record lows, record low highs, record high lows, record rainfall, […]

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