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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: Celebrating The Statistics Of The Beautiful Game

Jun 17, 2018
Luke Bornn (@LukeBornn) is currently Vice President, Strategy and Analytics for the Sacramento Kings . Prior to joining the Kings, Bornn served as Head of Analytics for A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A Football League, where he worked closely with manager
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Every four years sports fans around the world are glued to their TVs or barstools as the beautiful game is featured during World Cup play. Considered one of the most important tournaments in soccer, this year's World Cup contenders are gathered in Russia chasing after the golden trophy. Twenty eight teams' favorites to win the tourney include perennial powerhouses Germany, Brazil, Spain and France. Belgium is seen as a team poised to pull off an upset. While commentators will be focusing on the fleet footwork and deft dribbling of the sports stars, analysts will be crunching numbers trying to figure out if the secret to a team's success lie somewhere in sports data.

The statistics of the beautiful game are the focus of this episode of stats and stories where we explore the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, chair of Miami statistics department, and Richard Campbell, chair of media journalism and film. Their guest is Luke Burnn, an assistant professor of statistics at Simon Fraser University and the vice president of strategy and analytics for the Sacramento Kings. He's also one of the authors of a piece in Significance magazine exploring the world of soccer stats. 

Stats + Stories: G-D-P, it's easy as 1-2-3

Jun 10, 2018
Diane Coyle is the founder of Enlightenment Economics , and Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.
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While cholesterol levels may lead to concern about your physical health, how do we measure the health of a nation's economy? Our focus today on Stats and Stories is the measurement and assessment of national economy's health. Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film as well as the American Statistical Association. I'm John Bailer from the Department of Statistics, and I'm joined on the panel today by Richard Campbell, chair of the department of Media, Journalism and Film. Our guest today is Diane Coyle. Diane is the founder of Enlightenment Economics and Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She was recently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire C.B.E. for services to economics and the public understanding of economics. She is also the author of the 2014 book G.D.P. a brief but affectionate history. 

Stats + Stories: Chins And Ears Are Not Information Rich - Awkwardness And Social Relationships

May 27, 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.
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The latest Stats + Stories short episode is about social relationships and the awkwardness and how you interact with others, and how the way you're "hard-wired" may relate to the way you encounter others. Psychologist and Interpersonal Relationship Expert, Ty Tashiro joins the Stats + Stories team, John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington, and Richard Campbell. Tashiro going to help us understand the research and Neuroscience and Sociology to think about this trait of awkwardness, and its origin. We certainly enjoy it on the television shows like "Big Bang Theory", and celebrate that in many of our Home Departments, as those of us around the table might confess to. He received his PhD. In psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward, and Why That's Awesome".

Stats + Stories: Are Communities Helped By Terraforming Food Deserts?

May 13, 2018
Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar is a senior statistician and Director of the Statistics Advisory Center at RAND Corporation.	Her current research interests center on leveraging natural experiment designs to estimate the effects of neighborhood-level 'interventions'
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The Rand Corporation is a global think-tank which launched in 1948. The original purpose of providing analysis to the U.S. Military, and now conducts research and analysis for governments, universities and other organizations from all over the world. Rand's policy interests include children and families, national security, and health and health care among many other issues. Rand's health related research is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists are Department of Statistics' Chair John Bailer and Department of Media, Journalism and Film's Chair, Richard Campbell are joined by guest Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar. She's a Senior Statistician and Director of the Statistical Advisory Center at Rand. Ghosh-Dastidar's work has examined issues related to HIV, as well as Population Health and recent research has examined how neighborhood-level changes in health behaviors impacts health outcomes.

Stats + Stories: Abstract Art Or Modern Congressional Districts

Apr 28, 2018
Gary King (@kinggary) is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
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Politicians and political parties are beginning the ramp up to the 2018, mid-term elections. As the candidates talk strategy and political parties polling, the states where those elections will take place are talking something much more fundamental, voting districts. That discussion in part has been forced by court cases in several states challenging the creation of gerrymandered districts. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined in the studio are regular panelists, John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism, and Film. Their guest is Gary King. King is the Albert J Weatherhead III professor at Harvard University, as well as the director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His research, has examined the relationship between media and politics, big data and political science methodology. He also originally proposed what's known as Partisan Symmetry for fairness and legislative redistricting. 

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.

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