Category Archives: Statistics

This Week In Tech History: Back To The Future

October 19, 1979                              Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston release Visicalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and the first killer app for personal computers. October 20, 2010                              The first World Statistics Day is celebrated. Here he comes big with Statistics, Troubled and … Continue reading

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Timeline of Statistics

Timeline of statistics Source: Significance

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Technology in the Classroom

Teaching 2.0: Is Tech In The Classroom Worth The Cost? (Podcast) “[Skype] enables me, as a writer based in New York, to get to places I’d otherwise never be able to get to. I’ve seen teachers completely dedicated to making their … Continue reading

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First U.S. Census and the Census of Occupations

Today in 1790 Congress passed the Census Act of 1790 and President George Washington signed the law, which authorized the collection of population data by U.S. Marshals.  Although the act included the specific inquiries marshals asked at each home they visited, they did not … Continue reading

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2013: The International Year of Statistics


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Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract Honored for 133 Years as Premier Reference Book

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to the U.S. Census Bureau for the Statistical Abstract of the United States — acknowledging the abstract’s role as one of the premier reference sources for the past 133 years. … Continue reading

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25 Years of the National People Meter

An electronic metering system that transformed TV ratings through the delivery of overnight ratings, the National People Meter is celebrating the big two-five this year.  

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Machine Learning, 1989

From Bayesianbiologist: “This image comes from the cover of Preliminary Papers of the Second International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (1989)… I just love the idea of machine learning/AI/Statistics evoking a robot hand drawing a best fit line through some … Continue reading

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The Probability of Common Sense

  The Great French mathematician Laplace wrote, “The theory of probabilities is at bottom nothing but common sense reduced to calculus.” Voltaire, his much older contemporary, added, “Common sense is not so common.–John Allen Paulos, Once Upon a Number

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Mobile Payments: Present and Future

Pew Internet: The Future of Money in a Mobile Age “Recent Pew Internet surveys find that one in ten Americans have used their cell phone to make a charitable contribution by text message, that more than one-third of smartphone owners have … Continue reading

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