Recommended Readings (General)
- Bialik, C. (2007, September 7). How
policy makers use number analyses to turn our heads. Wall Street Journal (p. B1).
- Brown, N. R. (2002). Real-world estimation: Estimation modes and seeding effects.
In B. H. Ross (Ed.), The psychology of learning and motivation: Advances in
research and theory (Vol. 41, pp. 321-359). New York: Academic Press.
- Cohen, S. (2001). Numbers
in the newsroom. Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
- Cohn, V., & Cope, L., (2001).
& numbers: A guide to reporting statistical
claims and controversies in health and other fields. Blackwell Publishing Professional.
- Huff, D. (1991). How
to lie with statistics. Penguin Books Ltd
- Levitt, S. D. & Dubner, S. J. (2005).
A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything. New York: HarperCollins.
- Merritt, D. (2005). Knightfall:
Knight ridder and how the erosion of newspaper
journalism is putting democracy at risk. New York: American Management Association.
- Meyer, P. (2004). The
vanishing newspaper: Saving journalism in the information age.
Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.
- Paulos, J. A. (1995).
mathematician reads the newspaper. New York: Anchor Books.
- Wickham, K. W. (2003).
tools for journalists. Marion Street Press.
- FedStats. FedStats provides easy access to
statistics and information produced by more than 100 US Federal Government agencies.
- US Census Bureau. Statistical data on people and households,
business and industry, and geography.
- U.S. Bureau of Justice. Statistics on crime, law
enforcement, and corrections.
- United Nations Statistics Division. The UN
Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. It compiles
and disseminates global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical
activities, and support countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.
- Library Spot. Links to a number of web sites that
have statistics on population, economy, crime, labor, and more.
- Gallup Poll. Data from national and international polls
on human nature and behavior.
- Visualizing Econonomics. Visualizations of eonomic data
through thematic maps such as "Where do Britain's rich and poor live?" and the "United States Household Income Map".
- Gapminder. Excellent visualization visualizations of (mostly UN)
- fivethirtyeight.come and
Princeton Election Consortium.
Accumulate and analyze polling and political data and present
predictions of outcomes of upcoming elections.
Air and America's Schools. USA TODAY used an EPA model to track the path of
industrial pollution and mapped the locations of over 100,000 schools to determine
the levels of toxic chemicals outside. Query by school, city, state or view most
polluted schools by state.
Readings in Statistics
- FACSNET. Tools, sources and resources to help
journalists provide the public with the highest quality information and insight.
- Quantitative Literacy. Video of
experts talking about the nature of quantitative literacy and its applications, and
online resources that address this topic.
- Benford's Law and
Assessing Data Authenticity with
Benford's Law. Simple approach to examine the authenticity of data based on the
frequency of leading digits.
- Chance Project, Dartmouth project on teaching
probability. Be sure to drill into the Audio/Video lectures in left margin.
- Computer-assisted reporting and data analysis at
Knight Ridder newspapers.
- Electronic Statistics
Textbook. Training in the understanding and application of statistics.
- Finding Data on the Internet. A journalist's
guide to some of the best sources online to check facts, find statistics and track
down reputable information.
- Louisville, KY Databases. Excellent
example of a newspaper that has built a database of databases for the community.
- Mark Migrini's CHANCE lecture
at Dartmouth. Good overview of the law and applicable data sets.
- Statistical and Demographic
Resources for Journalists. A variety of online resources
(quick facts, statistics, math tutorials, etc.) for journalists.
- Statistics Resources. A blog that
brings together Internet resources and sources on an ongoing basis.
- Use of Excel for
Statistical Analysis. Practical implications of deficiencies in Excel's statistical
the economists: Statistics - separating facts from fiction. Can we trust official statistics? Do they give
us a true picture of how societies are changing?
- Tools for statistics & numbers. How
poll sampling works, where to get reliable numbers online, how to interpret key statistical
terms, and more.
- Mathematics for Economics: Enhancing Teaching and Learning.
Resources to assist the teaching of economics, including streaming videos, teaching and learning guides,
and a question bank. The exercises include those drawing on algebra, number theory, and differentiation,
and learning guides address linear equations, finance growth, and other topics.
- University of Wollongong: Statistical Literacy
A series of modules to help users become more knowledgeable about surveys and scientific
experiments. Currently the site offers two modules: "Producing Data" and "Describing,
Clarifying and Presenting Data".
at Dartmouth. Applets on this page will explain how "bin size" will effect the distributions in a histogram
or what the "central limit theorem" is all about.
- Betty Jung's Statistical Procedures
Site. Summary of common statistical procedures.
- Elementary Statistics
Tutorial Page. Summary of common statistical procedures.
- Excel For Statistical Data Analysis. An introduction to the
basics of and working with the Excel, a tool to understand statistical concepts and
computation to check your hand-worked calculation in solving your homework problems.
- Free Statistical Software.
A rich site with links to dozens of quantitative and statistical tools for data analysis.
- Introduction to Statistical Analyses.
Biology undergraduates (like journalism undergrads) generally treat statistics like bubonic plague.
This web-site will allay your fears and provide help on those statistical tests commonly used in the
- The R Project. A free software environment for statistical
computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety platforms.
- Statistics Every Writer Should Know. A simple
guide to understanding basic statistics, for journalists and other writers who might
not know math.
- StatPages. Free, conveniently-accessible, multi-platform
statistical software, and links to online statistics books, tutorials, downloadable software, and
- StatPac. Software to perform a series of basic
- Statistical Applications Page at
Brigham Young University. Links to tutorials and other training materials for four
statistical applications: SPSS, SAS, S-Plus and Stata.
Mathematics and Statistics. Instructional units in both math and science from the Open University.
- SOCR: Statistics Online Computational Resource.
Aids for probability and statistics education, technology based instruction, and statistical computing.
Commercial Products for Statistical Analysis
- Minitab Statistical Software. Expensive,
but a rich analytic tool.
- SAS and
JMP. SAS has a variety of products for analyzing various type
of data, including JMP, which is cheaper and somewhat easier for beginners to learn.
- SPSS. Along
with SAS, one of the Big Two in the world of commercial statistical applications.
numeracy (mp3). How patients' capacity to understand numbers affects their glucose control ability.