Accurate predictions of extreme events do not necessarily indicate the scientific superiority of the forecaster or the forecast method from which they originate. The way forecast evaluation is conducted in the media can thus pose a dilemma.
Our genes play a significant role in how anxious we feel when faced with spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, according to a new study by researchers from King's College London.
Many of the toughest decisions faced by cancer patients involve knowing how to use numbers -- calculating risks, evaluating treatment options and figuring odds of medication side effects. But for patients who aren't good at math, decision science research can offer evidence-based advice on how to assess numeric information and ask the right questions to make informed choices.
Can statistics increase the value of science to society? Georgetown University's Rochelle Tractenberg, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association, will discuss 'Promoting Ethical Science and Policy With Ethical Statistical Practice' on a panel presenting three disciplinary perspectives on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston.
The Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. This prediction comes from a University of Pittsburgh researcher who backs his claim with seven years of National Football League (NFL) data and statistics.
As part of the 'Research in Collaborative Mathematics' project run by the Obra Social 'la Caixa', researchers of the Mathematics Research Centre (CRM) and the UAB have developed a mathematical law to explain the size distribution of earthquakes, even in the cases of large-scale earthquakes such as those which occurred in Sumatra (2004) and in Japan (2011).
Researchers at Columbia University, Princeton and Harvard University have developed a new approach for analyzing big data that can drastically improve the ability to make accurate predictions about medicine, complex diseases, social science phenomena, and other issues.
Historical weather observations in Australia are now shedding light on past, present and future climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere.
Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests.
The way people make decisions often seems irrational. New research in open-access journal PLOS Biology suggests that the tendency to choose items associated with rewards -- known as 'Pavlovian approach' -- can bias the information people choose to seek, according to Laurence Hunt from University College London, UK, and his colleagues.