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About statswithcats

Charlie Kufs has been crunching numbers for over thirty years. He currently works as a statistician.

How to Describe Numbers

Say you wanted to describe someone you see on the street. You might characterize their sex, age, height, weight, build, complexion, face shape, hair, mouth and lips, eyes, nose, tattoos, scars, moles, and birthmarks. Then there’s clothing, behavior, and if … Continue reading

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Visualizations versus Infographics

Visualizations and infographics are both visual representations of data that are often confused. In fact, there is not a clear line of demarcation between the two. Both are informative. Both can be static or animated. Both require a knowledgeable person … Continue reading

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How to Analyze Text

Statisticians love to analyze numbers, but what do they do when what they want to explore is unformatted text? It happens all the time. The text may come from open-ended responses on surveys, social networking sites, email, online reviews, public … Continue reading

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Top 50 Statistics Blogs And Websites on the Web

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Hellbent on Measurement

Any variable that you record in a dataset will have some scale of measurement. Scales of measurement are, simply put, the ways that associated numbers relate to each other. Scales are properties of numbers, not the objects being measured. You … Continue reading

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Searching for Answers

Need to find something out, just Google it. Now that Google is a verb as well as a noun, it’s easy. But … It Hasn’t Always Been Easy Adults under 30, Millennials, grew up with smartphones, laptop and tablet computers, … Continue reading

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Predict the Next President of the United States

The American Statistical Association is sponsoring a new statistics contest for high school and college students. The contest, known as Prediction 2016, challenges students to use statistics to predict the next president of the U.S. The purpose of the contest … Continue reading

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