Poor survey question caught by the media

I love it when the non-statisticians in the media catch a statistical error. I spotted this piece in the Washington Post by the guy who does the traffic reporting – Dr. Gridlock. The piece was actually on upcoming local hearings on the proposed fare increases for the Washington metro area Metro. The problem was in […]

Biased selection methods

The Prince George’s county Maryland school officials had a difficult decision to make. It seems that they managed to lose 500 tests that students took that are used as one of measures to determine who makes it into the county’s talented and gifted program. Unfortunately they decided on a biased method of dealing with the […]

The polar vortex and the media hype of the cold weather

Yes, it was cold. It was very cold. But the media and many in the forecasting profession made what was a perfectly normal weather event into a major story of extreme and rarely seen cold. The Baltimore Sun said “Baltimore’s coldest day in nearly two decades.” And the Washington Post said “Polar vortex delivering D.C.’s […]

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