How depressing is your job?
The Office of Applied Studies, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, released a report ranking various occupations in order of the number of depressive episodes experienced by workers. "Personal Care & Service" occupations (defined by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics here
) top the list. One wonders if these are the occupations contributing to the growth of the so-called "service economy," and if so, are we heading for a deepening national malaise?
posted by univac
on Oct 13, 2007 -
critiques the findings from the Centre For Public Health at Liverpool John Moore University report [pdf]
'Elvis to Eminem: quantifying the price of fame through early mortality of European and North American rock and pop stars.' [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 14, 2007 -
Completely amazing graph
of every NBA player for every season in which he played at least five minutes since 1979. Points Per Game are on the Y-Axis, sum total of every other stat on the X-axis, with the data points colored with RGB depending on the player's statistical tendencies during that season. Full explanation of methodology here
. Gigantic monitor recommended. Via the always excellent TrueHoop
posted by Kwine
on Jul 12, 2007 -
...Although crime did fall dramatically in New York during Giuliani's tenure, a broad range of scientific research has emerged in recent years to show that the mayor deserves only a fraction of the credit that he claims. The most compelling information has come from an economist in Fairfax who has argued in a series of little-noticed papers that the "New York miracle" was caused by local and federal efforts decades earlier to reduce lead poisoning. The theory offered by the economist, Rick Nevin, is that lead poisoning accounts for much of the variation in violent crime in the United States. It offers a unifying new neurochemical theory for fluctuations in the crime rate, and it is based on studies linking children's exposure to lead with violent behavior later in their lives. What makes Nevin's work persuasive is that he has shown an identical, decades-long association between lead poisoning and crime rates in nine countries... Research Links Lead Exposure, Criminal Activity
Research Links Childhood Lead Exposure to Changes in Violent Crime Rates Throughout the 20th Century
posted by y2karl
on Jul 8, 2007 -
SWF application showing the time of day expressed in actual time, the number of species passed into extinction, barrels of oil produced, the temperature of the earth, prison population, world population, and deaths by various causes. Because, y'know, you weren't depressed enough already. Site also offers a number of free games, calculators and applications
for your own site.
posted by psmealey
on Jun 30, 2007 -
: shattering the myth that "all churches are locked". With the aim of visiting every church in England and recording whether it is kept locked or unlocked, this ten-year-old 'side project' now has statistics by county and diocese, county maps, and a map of the country
showing their progress.
posted by chrismear
on May 16, 2007 -
"The average person will eat over 10,000 bars of chocolate, shed 121 pints of tears and have sex more than 4,200 times".
A documentary airing tonight in the UK is attempting a new method of visualizing statistics related to an individual's impact on the environment. Human Footprint
is scheduled to air on Channel 4 at 9PM GMT.
There is a "calculator"
you can use to get the statistics adjusted for your age (and give you a little more data behind the statistics if you can sit through a page by page flash demo).
posted by notmtwain
on Apr 25, 2007 -
Mathematica Policy Research Inc. released the findings of their study on government funded abstinence programs.
The results? Not so great for the abstinence programs, or the federal & state governments which combined spend $80+ million funding the programs.
The major findings were that the abstinence programs they studied had no correlation with a decreased level of sexual activity in the population of teens they surveyed. Interestingly, one of the programs they studied was a voluntary after school program consisting of daily 2.5 hour sessions with enrollment beginning at grade 3 and continuing into the 8th grade, and even that program didn't produce a significantly higher number of abstinent teens.
The study was ordered by Congress. You can read the full study here
(pdf, 164 pages.)
posted by nerdcore
on Apr 13, 2007 -
Whatever one's opinion of its possible limitations, the 2006 Iraq mortality survey produced epidemiological evidence that coalition forces have failed to protect Iraqi civilians... If, for the sake of argument, the study is wrong and the number of Iraqi deaths is less than half the infamous figure, is it acceptable that "only" 300,000 have died? Last November, with no explanation, the Iraqi Ministry of Health suddenly began citing 150,000 dead, five times its previous estimate. Is that amount of death acceptable? In January, the United Nations reported that more than 34,000 Iraqis were killed violently in the last year alone. Is that acceptable?
Regarding The Number
, the result of what one of the study's authors calls an episode more deadly than the Rwandan genocide
... [more within]
posted by y2karl
on Mar 7, 2007 -
The three-decade decline in teenage and young-adult rape accompanies huge drops in all crimes -- murder, assault, drug abuse and property -- committed by youth... Women's rapidly rising status and economic independence in the larger society fostered new attitudes and laws that rejected violence against women. That younger people growing up in this environment of greater gender equality should show the biggest decreases in rape, while older generations lag behind, is consistent with this explanation... Over the last 30 years, rape arrest rates have fallen by 80% among Californians under age 15, much larger than the 25% drop among residents age 40 and older.The decline of rape
So, kids today are
posted by y2karl
on Feb 22, 2007 -
The meeting's in 5 minutes, and your boss asked you to find a statistic online to prove a point. Like that the tobacco consumption in Brazil is decreasing, or that most seniors prefer cats to dogs. Whatever it is, we're now here to help you create valid-looking statistics in an instant
posted by signal
on Dec 29, 2006 -
The Harvard University Worklife Wizard
, created by an international team of journalists, economists, and statisticians, is Barbara Ehrenreich's wet dream. It's also a fantastic resource that has flown pretty much under everyone's radar. The Worklife Survey
drives the constantly-revised, constantly-refined Salary Comparison Tool
, which is always hungry for more data about employment from around the world. And when they say they want data from everyone, they mean it-- there's even a VIP Salary Checker that pits the wages of the Yankees against those of the Red Sox
. (Plus if you take the survey, you can apparently earn a chance to win a trip to South Africa). Personally, I love the Workplace Horror Stories
(and there's a competition there too). I can't look at a nail clipper the same way now.
posted by yellowcandy
on Nov 20, 2006 -
Baseball nerd fun: Type in which team's at bat, how many outs, which inning, how many on base, and the Win Expectancy Finder
will spit out the likelihood the team wins, based on actual game data from the periods 2000-2004, 1991-1998, and 1979-1990.
posted by ibmcginty
on Oct 26, 2006 -
is a project that maps the dynamics of the wireless network on the MIT Campus in real-time. The Intensities map is very nice indeed.
posted by tellurian
on Jul 19, 2006 -
The most extraordinary database and news site of the game of cricket, with records going back over 200 years. [much more inside]
posted by athenian
on Jul 14, 2006 -
"Real unemployment right now -- figured the way that the average person thinks of unemployment, meaning figured the way it was estimated back during the Great Depression -- is running about 12%. Real CPI right now is running at about 8%. And the real GDP probably is in contraction." Bill Fleckenstein, writing at MSN Money, provides a summary
of an interview with economist John Williams on government number crunching. The full interview, with Kate Welling can be found here (PDF link)
. More from John Williams at Shadow Stats
posted by Zinger
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Web Authoring Statistics
from Google. An analysis of a sample of slightly over a billion documents, extracting information about popular class names, elements, attributes, and related metadata.
posted by signal
on Jan 26, 2006 -
Experts can suck at predicting the future.
Their intuitive sense of probability is no more developed than lay-people's. A classic experiment is to present two indistinguishable choices are presented, but with unequal probability of reward. Humans look for complex patterns, which don't exist, and preform quite poorly. Rats quickly recognize the choice with higher probability, and preform optimally.
posted by jeffburdges
on Dec 11, 2005 -
is "a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations". In plain English, this amazing site contains all the data one could ever want on religion, from the basic (nationally predominant religions by country
, largest religious groups in the United States
, top 50 countries with the highest proportion of atheists
) to the esoteric (a guide to religion in films
, authors who have converted to a new religion
, religious affiliation of U.S. presidents
, famous adherents of various religions
(e.g. famous Mennonites
)). There's even religious information for geeks, including obsessive articles on the religion of George Lucas
, the religious affiliation of comic book characters
, and religious affiliation of famous fantasy and science fiction authors
(related: Amish in science fiction
and Mormonism in science fiction
). One could spend days sifting through this site.
posted by jdroth
on Sep 29, 2005 -
Akamai's Net Usage Index
tracks the most-read articles on its customers' news sites, rates the current level of news consumption and breaks the traffic down by geography. More info here
posted by nyterrant
on Aug 18, 2005 -
The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
has breakdowns of the casualties of the Iraq War and Occupation, by home city of record
, name, branch of service, rank, and cause of death
, and other statistics such as ethnicity
, as well as a printable list of all fatalities to date
[previously mentioned here,here,here, and here.]
posted by exlotuseater
on Aug 10, 2005 -
The Iraq Index
is a statistical compilation of economic, public opinion, and security data. An extensive collection by the Brookings Institue
of indicators outlining the security situation, the economy and quality of life, as well as polling and politics data. (One downside is that it is a pdf file)
. Also from the same source is a comparable compilation for Afghanistan
posted by forforf
on Aug 5, 2005 -
Incredible -- but true coincidences
are fascinating, and pleasing, to the psyche. I tend to agree with John Littlewood (a University of Cambridge mathematician) that "...in the course of any normal person's life, miracles happen at a rate of roughly one per month." In other words, statistically speaking, unusual coincidences are to be expected in a world teeming with billions of humans. Still, I find such coincidences stangely inspiring. More can be found here
posted by ember
on Jul 7, 2005 -
The Logic of Diversity
"A new book, The Wisdom of Crowds
] by The New Yorker
columnist James Surowiecki, has recently popularized the idea that groups can, in some ways, be smarter than their members, which is superficially similar to Page's results
. While Surowiecki gives many examples of what one might call collective cognition, where groups out-perform isolated individuals, he really has only one explanation for this phenomenon, based on one of his examples: jelly beans [...
] averaging together many independent, unbiased guesses gives a result that is probably closer to the truth than any one guess. While true — it's the central limit theorem
of statistics — it's far from being the only way in which diversity
can be beneficial in problem solving." (Three-Toed Sloth)
posted by kliuless
on Jun 20, 2005 -
the areas in the United States with highest marijuana use? Where are the areas with the lowest? A different kind of red versus blue. But wait, there's more
, especially if you would prefer to be binge drinking to wash away those lonesome blues. And a list
of information broken down by drug, if your fix is more obscure.
posted by nervousfritz
on Jun 17, 2005 -
(As any Mets geek might say when talking to Mike & the Mad Dog: First time [MeFi] poster, long time reader)
Underestimating the Fog...No, not crochety ol' McNamara's
take on the situation in Iraq
. Rather, it's an astonishing (if only partial) recanting [.pdf]
by the patron saint of statheads
, and rotogeeks
everywhere, Bill James
. Like his namesake, James is a radical empiricist
, the Jedi master who defined sabermetrics
(his coinage) as "the search for objective knowledge
Over the past several decades, James' influence has been enormous. After Michael Lewis
famously detailed the saber-success of Billy Beane's Oakland A's, Sabermetric-leaning analysts have made their way into the scouting ranks and GM's offices of a growing number of major league ballclubs
. From the halls of academia [.pdf]
and Cable personalities
, even the NFL
are on board!
posted by ericbop
on May 27, 2005 -
"China's Records In the Eyes of Foreigners"
Pick your favorite China statistic. Is it "GDP of the Shanghai region is equivalent to that of Brazil;" is it "Foreigners invest about $1 billion in China every week;" is it "China has the largest online gaming population in the world;" is it "China produces 2.3 billion condoms each year." NB article from the "People's Daily Online", although original source claimed to be the "French L'Express weekly".
posted by Voyageman
on Dec 23, 2004 -