Category: Statistics

  • Larry Correia is a better writer than John C. Wright

    Oh, controversial stuff today! This isn’t about fiction writing though. Actually, it is about fiction but not fiction writing as a type of writing. Yeah, I’m still on about the Maricopa election “audit”. Hey, I invested time reading that report, so you all have to listen to me go on about it a bit more. […]

  • Ninja FUD in Arizona

    Cast your mind back to the closing weeks of 2020 and in the US the right was all aflutter about electoral fraud i.e. not at all coping with losing. I’ve covered the extent to which US elections are impacted by fraud before and the answer is lots-and-lots-and-none-at-all. The lots are overt and technically legal and […]

  • Today’s Infographic: Pie Charts of James Bond Movie Theme Singers

    I was wondering what proportion of Bond theme songs were sung by somebody Welsh. Quite a few because Shirley Bassey sang several and Tom Jones sang one. There are a few basic questions about how to count things along the way though. Firstly, do you count Shirley Bassey once or three times? Secondly, Jack White […]

  • And more right wingers talking nonsense about Benford’s Law update

    It seems I was too kind to Larry Correia in my first post about the pro-Trumpist misleading claims about Benford’s Law. He actually is still pushing it as supposed evidence of election fraud. “Basically, when numbers are aggregated normally, they follow a distribution curve. When numbers are fabricated, they don’t. When human beings create what […]

  • More far-right deception about Benford’s law

    I discussed Benford’s Law and its misleading use in election data yesterday. What I didn’t mention is that the far-right vanity version of Wikipedia, known as Voxopedia aka “Infogalactic” is actively censoring information about it. Like many articles on the out-of-date semi-vandalised wiki, the Benford’s Law article [archive version] started as a clone of the […]

  • I Guess I’m Talking About Benford’s Law

    The US Presidential Election isn’t just a river in Egypt, it is also a series of bizarre claims. One of the many crimes against statistics being thrown about in what is likely to be a 5 year (minimum) tantrum about the election is a claim about Benford’s law. The first example I saw was last […]

  • Hugo Author Page Views

    I gathered the Wikipedia pages of all the authors in my great big Hugo spreadsheet and used my page view gathering tool to add a page view figure to every author with an English Wikipedia page on that sheet. Most of the authors on this list of Hugo Finalists for Novel, Novella, Novelette and Short […]

  • Page Views and the Dragon Award

    There is a common impression that there has been a change in character of the Dragon Awards this year. I though I might use the Wikipedia page view metric (see here) to see if I could quantify it it in a different way. An immediate obstacle with using the page view figure is that the […]

  • …I should add

    A note on my previous two posts because it illustrates a broader point. The page views metric does appear to be both meaningful and accessible. Those are handy qualities for making comparisons but it has a significant downside. As soon as people start paying attention to it in any significant sense then the value of […]

  • Who “won” the Puppy attention wars?

    A good point people raised about yesterdays post on Wikipedia page view metrics is that it captures a current state but in many cases we are more interested in a historical value. This is particularly true when we are looking at the impact of awards or events. Luckily I don’t need to advance my web […]

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