Fun with statistics and ‘splaining

When vos Savant politely responded to a reader’s inquiry on the Monty Hall Problem, a then-relatively-unknown probability puzzle, she never could’ve imagined what would unfold: though her answer was correct, she received over 10,000 letters, many from noted scholars and Ph.Ds, informing her that she was a hare-brained idiot.

Atheist women’s numbers matter. Be counted in the Atheist Census Online.

Hey, are you a woman? Are you also an Atheist, Freethinker, Humanist, Rationalist, Secularist, Agnostic, Non-religious and/or Otherwise-identifying non-believer?

If so, have you already added your relevant details (just a few simple demographic datapoints) to the Atheist Census Online? Because if you haven’t, I’m about to attempt to persuade you to do so, even though it is just another unscientific internet poll.

Sobering thought for the day: how many earn $250K?

US$250,000 is an important number because this the income level where the about-to-expire Bush tax cuts (that have got the Tea Party so energised) kick in, and these are the tax cuts that many people say are motivating their intent to vote Republican at the mid-term elections that will be held today.

Quicklink: OKCupid’s ‘statistical distinctness’ analysis

“We selected 526,000 OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people’s profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group’s essays statistically distinct from the others’.”