Tag: Statistics

DC area unemployment falls to 3 percent

WASHINGTON — On the heels of a strong December jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released November jobs data for major metropolitan areas. The Washington region’s unemployment rate in November fell to 3.0 percent, from 3.2 percent in October, and down from 3.5 percent a year earlier. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted. […]

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Math against crimes against humanity: Using rigorous statistics to prove genocide when the dead cannot speak for themselves

Patrick Ball and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) (previously) use careful, rigorous statistical models to fill in the large blank spots left behind by acts of genocide, bringing their analysis to war crimes tribunals, truth and reconciliation proceedings, and other reckonings with gross human rights abuses. Katia Savchuk’s Pacific Standard profile […]

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Using statistics to estimate the true scope of the secret killings at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war

In the last three days of the Sri Lankan civil war, as thousands of people surrendered to government authorities, hundreds of people were put on buses driven by Army officers. Many were never seen again. In a report released today (see here), the International Truth and Justice Project for Sri Lanka and […]

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YouTube’s new ‘Time watched’ statistics add to the Digital Wellbeing portfolio

Google first demoed its Digital Wellbeing initiative back in May at I/O, but it took until this month for it to officially debut with Android 9 Pie. We’ve already checked it out and given our thoughts on it, but it’s no surprise that Google is still working on it. ‘Time watched’ statistics have just been […]

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Play Store beats App Store in downloads for Q2 2018 by 160% but loses in spending by almost half according to App Annie

For a while now, App Annie has been offering its metrics to interested parties so developers can better understand their place in the app economy. Careful examination and integration of data like this, paired with the knowledge of a target audience, can influence where a developer’s time can be best spent. And according to App […]

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That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

Advertisement A highly publicized trial in Spain found that the Mediterranean diet protects against heart disease. Now the original work has been retracted and re-analyzed, with the same result. June 13, 2018 ImageAn olive farm in Tuscany. Participants in a study of the Mediterranean diet were not always assigned at random to test various diets, […]

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How the Gig Economy Is Reshaping Work: Not So Much

Still, the data left many economists perplexed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, for budgetary reasons, had not conducted its survey of alternative work since 2005. But in 2015, the economists Lawrence F. Katz and Alan B. Krueger conducted their own survey that tried to mirror the bureau’s methodology. They found that alternative work was more […]

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