Archive for April, 2020

Upstream Thinking

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Dan Heath, who has written several fine books with his brother Chip (Made to Stick, Decisive, Switch, and The Power of Moments), recently wrote a book on his own that is every bit as good and important: Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen. Here’s an excerpt from the description that appears on […]

Comparing COVID-19 Mortality Rates Over Time By Country

Monday, April 13th, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads its deadly effects around the world, many data analysts are struggling to track these effects in useful ways. Some attempts work better than others, however. Comparing these effects among various countries is particularly challenging. Some attempts that I’ve seen are confusing and difficult to read, even for statisticians. Here’s an example that […]

Display New Daily Cases of COVID-19 with Care

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Statistics are playing a major role during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ways that we collect, analyze, and report them, greatly influences the degree to which they inform a meaningful response. An article in the Investor’s Business Daily titled “Dow Jones Futures Jump As Virus Cases Slow; Why This Stock Market Rally Is More Dangerous Than […]