September 27, 2017

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight discusses how confirmation bias impacted media coverage in the 2016 presidential election and how the media's poor grasp of probability and statistics often leads them to misinterpret polls and polling-based forecasts.

September 25, 2017

A Google Sheets Quick Reference Guide is now available for download for the Triola Statistics Series. Click here to view and download.

This guide provides a summary of the statistical functions available in Google Sheets.

September 22, 2017

Charles Minard's graph describing Napoleon's march to Moscow and back is considered by many to be the greatest infographic ever. This infographic is available as a textbook supplement on this website and it is featured in the Triola Statistics Series Chapter 2 "Coopera...

June 5, 2017

Nate Cohn at The New York Times reviews three key types of polling errors that resulted in a pro-Clinton bias in pre-election surveys. These findings are expected to improve polling methodologies going forward, but new challenges are also sure to emerge.

Read the f...

June 1, 2017

This brief article by Nathan Yau on provides some good examples on how data visualations can be manipulated to exaggerate or distort data.  A good reminder to always keep your eyes open and check the data!

How to Spot Visualization Lies


April 26, 2017

Steve Ballmer (former CEO of Microsoft) recently launched, a massive database that draws on government data from a wide variety of sources.

In their own words, "is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances...

March 21, 2017

How old is someone named Anna? How about Andrew or Donald? What's the "oldest" name and "youngest" name? Using the Social Security Administration's baby name database and its actuarial tables, calculated the median age and interquartile range for co...

March 9, 2017

This Friday, Marty will be giving leading the session "Statistics Bests" at ICTCM in Chicago. The session description is below. Stop by and say hello! 

March 10 11:15-11:45am

What is the best technology for a statistics course? What is the best use of technolog...

March 7, 2017

Here's a great site that uses interactive visualizations to make statistics more accessible. The site was created by Brown University Senior (!) Daniel Kunin with support from Brown University's Royce Fellowship Program and National Science Foundation group STATS4STEM.


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