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Friday, December 29, 2006


The website Stats.org is a service of George Mason University that analyzes current events and its associated data with a mathematical angle. They also offer their services to journalists helping them in their preparation of stories. Since its founding in 1994, this non-profit non-partisan Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) has become a much-valued resource on the use and abuse of science and statistics in the media. Their goals are to correct scientific misinformation in the media resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies.

The current focus of Stats.org is on the following policy areas: education and child rearing, drug use and abuse, public health and disease, polls and surveys, gender issues. In their homepage, for example, you may currently find the following two excellent data analysis items:

College Ranking Mania: The Washington Monthly’s Bizarre Best College List

What Science Really Says About the Benefits of Breast-Feeding

...and you may also have fun going through: Worst Press Release of 2006.


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