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

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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.

Stats + Stories: Growing Surveys - Building An Agricultural Census

Nov 6, 2017

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Linda J. Young is Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research and Development of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  She oversees efforts to continually improve the methodology underpinning the Agency's collection and dissemination of data on every facet of U.S. agriculture. In this Stats + Stories short, Linda J. Young joins John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University and Rosemary Pennington, professor in the department of media, journalism and film, to talk about surveys designed to characterize agricultural activity in the US. 

Stats + Stories: Why Don't People Like My Graphs?

Oct 19, 2017

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Journalists are swimming in data coming from governments, nonprofits, think tanks and other agencies. There's data available to help contextualize almost any story a reporter might want to tell. How to present that information to audiences in a compelling and understandable way is something many newsrooms are struggling to figure out. In this episode of Stats + Stories, host Rosemary Pennington and panelists John Bailer chair of Miami's Statistics department and Richard Campbell chair of Media, Journalism and Film are joined by Alberto Cairo, the Knight chair in visual journalism at the University of Miami Florida, where he teaches courses on info graphics and data visualization. He's also the director of the visualization program at UM center for computational science and the author of 2016's, The Truthful Art: Data Charts and Maps for Communication.

Stats + Stories: Visualization And Reporting Goals

Oct 3, 2017

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Alberto Cairo writes in his book The Truthful Art, that "an outstanding visual presentation will have five qualities: it is truthful, functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening." Cairo, the Knight Chair in visual journalism in the School of Communication and the director of the visualization program at the Center for computational science at University of Miami in Florida, joins John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University, and Richard Campbell, chair of the department of media journalism and film, for a Stats + Stories short on data visualization. 

Stats + Stories: Stats of Cool Cats: Emotions, Mood Management and Cat Videos

Sep 15, 2017

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The internet is full of cats. There are blogs devoted to them. Twitter users sharing nothing but cat pictures and if you've been on Facebook recently, you've probably seen a cat video in your feed. Maybe it has annoyed you, maybe you thought the cat was cute, but those videos are more than just a distraction. They might actually be good for your emotional health. The connection between media and emotion is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists, Statistics Department Chair, John Bailer and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, and guest Jessica Gall Myrick, an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University who researches the connection between media and emotion. In 2015, she published a research article exploring the effect of cat videos on our well being and like those videos, her study went viral. 

Stats + Stories: A Journalist Checks His Numbers

Sep 4, 2017

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Data journalism is topic for this Stats + Stories short.  John Bailer from Miami University's Department of Statistics, and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, are joined by Alan Schwarz, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist best known for his reportage of public health issues for The New York Times.

Stats + Stories: Gridiron...Touchdown...Field Goal...Traumatic Brain Injury

Aug 21, 2017

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Touchdowns, first downs, blocking, tackles, these are words that everyone familiar with football in the United States will recognize. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), dementia, memory loss, depression, these are words that recently have been connected to playing football. The emergence of the story connecting football with brain injury is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  John Bailer from Miami University's Department of Statistics, and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, are joined by Alan Schwarz. While working as a journalist for the New York Times, Alan wrote a series of articles on concussions and football and this was credited with helping to revolutionize the treatment of head injuries and exposing the seriousness in them for the athletes. 

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