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Explore Statistics in the Blogosphere: Top 10 Statistics Blogs

May 09, 2011

Do you need help with your stats homework? Have you ever wondered what those statistics that are always quoted in the news actually mean? Or are you just a fanatical sports fan or uber info geek? Check out this essential stats blogs that cover everything from how to run a multivariate analysis to tracking streakiness in sports.

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1. Statistics How-To

This stats website, which uses a blog format but isn't organized by date, offers accessible explanations of basic statistics for people who aren't necessarily math geniuses. Learn about everything from binomial distribution to standard deviation, then bring your questions over to the forums.

2. Stats Make Me Cry

Find yourself getting frustrated trying to process statistical data? Head over to this blog for tips and tutorials on data analysis, regression, ANOVA, t tests, bivariate correlations and a whole lot more. Paying clients can even sign up for live stats consultations with the author.

3. CoolData Blog

Kevin McDonnell is a fundraiser in higher education with a mission: To promote the use of predictive modeling and data mining in education and ed fundraising. On his blog he shares all sorts of data-related information, news, tips and tricks that he's learned along the way.

4. Journey Into Randomness

Journey Into Randomness offers in-depth analyses of all sorts of (apparently random) statistical tools, news and events. Fair warning: Some math and stats savvy is required to keep up with this blogger.

5. Fishing in the Bay

This blogger explores issues surrounding the usage of statistics, from population tracking to public policy analysis.

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6. Information Aesthetics

Information graphics are a part of the statistics world that unites numbers with design. This blog by British professor Andrew Vande Moere is designed to explore 'the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization.'

7. The Hot Hand in Sports

Outside of academia, few people love statistics more than sports fans. And one of the most hotly debated topics in sports is the question of the 'hot hand' - what does a winning or losing streak actually mean mathematically? This blog is devoted entirely to tracking sports streaks and exploring the question of the hot hand.

8. Social Science Statistics Blog

The researchers at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard run this blog exploring new methodological trends in social science statistics as well as comments on new research, paper and conference announcements and real-world problems that need quantitative solutions.

9. Psychology and Statistics

This Australian psych professor blogs all about the use of stats in psychology, from tips on using popular psych stats programs to reports on psych stats research.

10. Blog About Stats

The Blog About Stats is a meeting place for statistics professionals and organizations to share tools, ideas and news from the field.

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