Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Get the Numbers Right" Resources

Apologies for taking so long to get this list posted. Here are a few links to resoures that were mentioned during "Get the Numbers Right."

1. Andrew Gelman's blog:

2. "Odds Are, It's Wrong" by Tom Siegfried:

3. I didn't mention this, but fellow freelancer Andreas von Bubnoff told me the Atlantic's November cover story is about John Ioannidis, who wrote the 2005 PLOS story "Why Most Published Research Findings are False." A link to the Atlantic story:

Von Bubnoff wrote a piece for the LA Times on Ioannidis and stats, part of which appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008. His work can be found here: .

4. I mentioned STATS, a web page run by statisticians at George Mason University. I'm very interested in hearing from anyone who takes advantage of their stats-interpretation, which you can use by clicking the "Are you a journalist?" link at . This web page also includes many articles about different measures.

5. For quick and clear definitions, the NCI dictionary is very useful:

Feel free to add to this list in the comments section.


  1. It actually doesn't say "Are you a journalist?" anywhere on the front page of Here is the direct link, though:

  2. There's a collection of statistics resources for journalists on my website at and more related links on delicious here:

  3. The "Are you a journalist?" link is in the top right-hand corner of, between "Contact Us" and "Receive Email Updates," above the search box.

  4. You're right! That's some weird HTML going on there - those words aren't regular text, so they don't turn up when you search the page. Hence my confusion.