Opinion
Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, University of Toronto, writes a guest column: In the recent U.S. presidential election, public opinion polls indicated that Joe Biden would defeat Donald Trump handily. His actual victory was much tighter than expected — a popular vote margin about half of the predicted 8–10%, and narrow victories…

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Ruobin Gong is Assistant Professor of Statistics at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie at the theoretical foundations of Bayesian and generalized Bayesian methodologies, statistical modeling, inference, and computation with differentially private data, and ethical implications of aspects of modern data science. Ruobin received her PhD in statistics from Harvard…

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IMS member Jonathan Skinner has taught a free statistics class (“without math”) as part of the offerings at his local food coop, in order to spread the good word, for the past several years. He writes: I am a retired statistician with a PhD in mathematics (1970). It struck my…

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Ruobin Gong, Rutgers University, writes: Suppose that you and a group of friends play the following game. Everybody guesses an integer between 1 and 100. You win by getting closest to half of the median sample of guesses, and the winner takes home the dollar amount s/he had guessed. What…

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Radu V. Craiu is Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He writes: This past summer I was asked in a Q&A session what I consider to be a “sexy” topic in statistics [1]. Not being able to speak about sexiness in front…

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