Anirban’s Angle
Anirban DasGupta writes: Sreekumar Nambiar and I graduated the same year from the ISI in Calcutta. A few months ago, as we were shooting the breeze, Sreekumar asked if tea is more of a common man’s drink than coffee. I didn’t know. But it reignited in me that folklore that…

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Contributing Editor Anirban DasGupta examines the sometimes unpleasant reasons behind the widely varying ratios of male and female populations around the world, and considers the role of statistics in detecting patterns: It was observed at least 300 years ago that, for reasons that are not fully understood, the biology of…

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  Anirban DasGupta takes a look at NASA’s temperature data from the last 100 years: The best scientists and the best human minds have been deliberately looking at extensive global and local temperature and climate data for the past several hundred years in search of an answer to one of…

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Anirban DasGupta writes: I thought it would be revealing and entertaining to look at the recently concluded US midterm election results and make some conclusions. Who is voting Republican? What is, really, the Republican base? And what about the Democrats? Are the bases entirely disjoint? Is the base more scattered…

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We’re pleased to bring back Anirban’s Angle, a column from Anirban DasGupta. Acknowledgements: Jim Berger, Burgess Davis, Dominique Picard, Sara van de Geer, Hao Zhang. — Although my background and natural inclinations are theoretical, even for a die-hard theoretician it is both fun and useful to look at important data…

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