Stats + Stories

Is it possible to understand what is going on behind the scenes in the new? Does it matter how studies are conducted? What numbers can we trust? Stats+Stories explores quantitative ideas in our daily lives and in journalism.

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.

 

Stats + Stories: Jaguar Corridors, Koala Conservation And Reef Health

Apr 20, 2018
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When it comes to addressing environmental or public health related challenges, the conversation often centers on what we need to do to fix the problem, whether that be a warming planet or dying bees. Less focus is spent on understanding how we know what we know. How do we know the planet is warming? How do we know that certain insecticides are killing bees? The statistics that help us better understand such challenges are the focus of this episode of Stats+Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists Department of Statistics Chair John Bailer and Department of Media, Journalism and Film Chair, Richard Campbell are joined by Kerrie Mengersen. Mengersen is a distinguished Professor in Statistics at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. She works on statistical methods and computational tools seeking to apply them to real world problems and Health, Environment and Industry. Mengersen is also the President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. 

Stats + Stories: Protecting Seaside Cities From Possible Future Impacts Of Climate Change

Mar 30, 2018
Peter Guttorp is a Professor at the Norwegian Computing Center in Oslo, Norway, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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Planning for uncertainty is no easy task, but Climate Change is forcing communities around the globe to plan for uncertain futures. While we know the planet is warming and that could affect everything from farming to forestry to flooding, what we don't know is just how big the impact will be, or how dire the circumstances. That hasn't stopped cities from trying to figure out how to prevent a climate-caused catastrophe. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists Department of Statistics Chair John Bailer and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair Richard Campbell. Their guest is Peter Guttorp, Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of Washington, Professor at the Norwegian Computing Center, and Co-Director of The Research Network on Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, or STATMOS. Guttorp is also one of the authors of an article in Significance Magazine, which explores how the Norwegian city of Bergen is working to create a plan to save its historic harbor from possible future flooding.  

Rebecca Goldin ( @rebegol ) is a professor of mathematics George Mason University and the Director of STATS at Sense About Science USA . She has received several grants from the National Science Foundation to support her re
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Journalists are trained mostly as generalists. Those who attend Journalism schools or programs learn how to tell stories about a wide array of subjects, and are expected to pick up subject expertise while on the job. Some expertise is easier to come by than others, figuring out the ins and outs of P-values and standard deviation, for example, can be tricky. The site stats.org is designed to help journalists navigate the turbulent waters of statistical reasoning and is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelist John Bailer, Chair of Miami's Statistics Department. Their guest is Rebecca Goldin, a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University, and the Director of Stats.org. Her work with the site has been featured in a number of media outlets, and Goldin has received several grants from the National Science Foundation for her academic research as well as for her work with " stats.org". 

Stats + Stories: Slavery in the Modern World

Feb 28, 2018
Davina P. Durgana (@DavinaDurgana) is Assistant Professor and Senior Practitioner Faculty at SIT Graduate Institute , human rights statistician who has developed models to assess risk and vulnerability to modern slavery.
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News stories have been circulating for months about Human Trafficking and Slave Markets with reporting tying the movement of refugees from North Africa into Europe to the emergence of a Slave Market in Libya. What the international reporting often obscures are the reality that Human Trafficking takes place in the United States as well. According to Polaris, an organization that collects data on human trafficking, there were more than 8,000 reports of Trafficking in the US in 2016 that includes report of both labor and sex trafficking, although Polaris points out that labor trafficking is underreported in the United States. The data of human trafficking is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is regular panelist John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and guest Dr. Davina Durgana. She's an International Human Rights Statistician with the Walk Free Foundation. She's also a researcher whose work sits at the intersection of Technologies, Statistics and Human Trafficking, and she's worked on the subject with a number of organizations, including the Department of Justice, and the Polaris Project.

Stats + Stories: Reading The Book Of Love - What Can You Learn From Relationship Science?

Feb 14, 2018
Ty Tashiro (@tytashiro) is an author and relationship expert. He wrote Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome and The Science of Happily Ever After . His work has been featured at the New York Times, Time.com, TheAtlanti
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World literature is full of stories of love won, and love lost. Walls are climbed, battles fought and parents circumvented I order to reunite with one's heart's desire. Some lovers even venture into Hell itself. If The New York Times' Modern Love Series is any indication, finding love in the 21st Century poses its own obstacles, even if there are no three-headed Hell hounds. The science of love and relationships is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, and their guest, author and relationship expert Ty Tashiro. Tashiro received his PhD. In Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is the author off "The Science of 'Happily Ever After'", and more recently "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward, and Why That's Awesome". He's also worked as a Professor at the University of Maryland, and the University of Colorado.

Stats + Stories: Balancing Rigor And Entertainment When Telling Stories About Data

Feb 1, 2018
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We all know data can be complex. Communicating it to an audience in a way that is understandable while still full of research nuance, and rigor is sometimes a challenge. This becomes even more so when that data is connected to a controversial topic. Say, the debate over vaccinations, for example. One way to bridge that gap is to use data in storytelling, helping audiences get to the meat of an issue without bogging them down too much in the technical details, communicating complicated data stories to a general audience is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, are joined by Data Researcher Nick Thieme. Thieme is a Research Fellow at the University of California Hastings Institute for Innovation Law, where he explores Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Cyber Security and Pharmaceutical Patent Trolling. He was also the American Statistical Association's 2017 Mass Media Fellow, writing about Science, Tech, and Stats for Slate Magazine.

Stats + Stories: Were The Cancer Clusters Real? Statistical Support For Evaluating Public Policy

Jan 18, 2018
David Banks is a statistician at Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a former editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistics and Public Pol
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There is a universe of data available for researchers and journalists to access in order to help people better understand their world. And sometimes that data can lead to big stories with major policy implications. In this episode of Stats and Stories, Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, are joined by David Banks, Professor of the Practice of Statistics at Duke University. Banks is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Royal Statistical Society. He's a former Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and founding Editor of Statistics and Policy. 

Stats + Stories: Just In Time For The Holiday Shopping Season - A Story About Online Marketing

Dec 20, 2017
Glenn Platt ​is the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Network Technology & Management & Director of Interactive Media Studies at Miami University​​.
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It's holiday shopping season, which means that advertisements are even more pervasive than usual. Digital ads, in particular, seem to be everywhere. Whether they pop up while you're watching YouTube videos, checking your Fantasy Football team, or just appear in your Twitter Timeline, someone somewhere is trying to sell you something online. And they often rely on data you leave behind while browsing the web, in order to capture your attention. Digital marketing and the data behind it is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with Miami University's Glenn Platt, a Professor of Marketing and the C. Michael Armstrong Chair at Miami. He also serves as the Director of the Armstrong Institute of Foreign Directive Media Studies. Platt joins host Rosemary Pennington, regular panelist John Bailer, Chair of Miami's Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film.  

Stats + Stories: Playing A Risky Game

Dec 4, 2017
David Banks is a statistician at Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a former editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistics and Public Pol
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Adversarial Risk Assessment is the topic of the latest Stats and Stories short episode.  John Bailer, Chair of the department of Statistics at Miami University and Richard Campbell, Chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film are joined by David Banks, a statistician at Duke University. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a former editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Statistics and Public Policy . His major areas of research include risk analysis, syndromic surveillance, agent-based models, dynamic text networks, and computational advertising.

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When most Americans think of agriculture, they might imagine fields of corn or wheat or herds of cattle or broods of chickens. Perhaps they even stop to consider the regulations that determine what foods are safe to eat. What they might not spend much time thinking about are the agencies that oversee farming and food in the United States. The work of one such agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined by John Bailer, Chair of Miami's Statistics Department and guest Linda Young, Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research & Development for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS.

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