Blogs: Data Avenger

This headline on a CNN slideshow is either deliberately misleading or written by an editor who doesn't understand the basics of surveys and sampling.

April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT
Rock1997, Wikimedia Commons

Apparently not everyone learned their lesson from the 'IE users are dumb' hoax.

March 06, 2014 2:34 PM EST
Mass. Sen. Pat Jehlen

It'd sure help the rest of us if all who opine about standardized test results first had a basic understanding of statistics.

December 12, 2013 12:22 PM EST

After years of chortling at those who could get worked up enough to launch flame wars like Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux or iOS vs. Android, I seem to be engaged in one of my own. All I wanted was some data....

November 26, 2013 1:28 PM EST

'Independent data suggests' that Facebook is hemorrhaging, the story says. But the source of that data disagrees.

April 29, 2013 12:10 PM EDT

Interesting? Yes. Accurate measure of public sentiment? Maybe, maybe not. Election predictor? Probably not. Here's why.

August 03, 2012 1:21 PM EDT

Some of those users checking in each day may not even know it.

March 09, 2012 8:57 AM EST

Intense media coverage of 'first-in-the-nation' Iowa caucuses can give the impression that results actually matter. They don't -- but not for the reason many skeptics cite.

January 03, 2012 5:44 AM EST

A survey says 25% of teens plan to use Facebook less after the site's major design changes. Is that likely?

October 31, 2011 5:28 PM EDT

A company releases information about customers' choices; the story's picked up elsewhere with a rather broad conclusion. Does it stand up?

October 21, 2011 11:34 AM EDT
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