80 Need-to-Know Online Shopping Statistics for 2019 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic was originally published on WikiBuy. Can you remember the last time you made an online purchase? If you’re like two-thirds of Americans, it was probably less than a month ago. Customers are making more frequent and more significant purchases online. Ecommerce is experiencing huge growth, and by 2040, 95% of all purchases will be […]

“Fixed mindsets” might be why we don’t understand statistics

Enlarge / The wrongful conviction of Sally Clark for the murder of her two sons is a famous case of misuse of statistics in the courts. (credit: Chris Young, PA Images/Getty Images) In 1999, an English solicitor named Sally Clark went on trial for the murder of her two infant sons. She claimed both succumbed […]

China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse

“Our people crave, more than anything else, to know the extent of the nation,” says the narrator in “Do You Love Me?”, a short story by Peter Carey set on an imaginary world that lionises cartographers. To satisfy that craving, the country carries out a regular, exhaustive census: a “total inventory of the contents of […]

The hounding of Greece’s former statistics chief is disturbing

IMAGINE the tale of Sisyphus, the mythical king doomed to spend eternity pushing a boulder up a hill only for it to roll back down, retold by Kafka. The result would be very like the tortuous story of Andreas Georgiou, Greece’s former statistics chief. Since 2011 Mr Georgiou has faced several criminal charges. One is […]

The Morning Watch: Breaking Down RomCom Statistics, Editing ‘Dunkirk’ & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a video essay examines the evolution of romcoms […]

Labour reports Boris Johnson to statistics watchdog over latest Brexit claim

Labour has complained to the statistics watchdog about Boris Johnson’s claim that even more than £350 million could be clawed back from the EU after Brexit. Johnson is misinforming the public, MP Keir Starmer says. In a letter from Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, written to Statistics Authority chair David Norgrove, Starmer says “the £350m a week […]

According to statistics, programming with spaces instead of tabs makes you rich

Enlarge (credit: Kai Hendry) Stop the world, I want to get off. The annual Stack Overflow developer surveys often include lots of bad news. “People still use PHP,” for example, is a recurring and distressing theme. “Perl exists” is another. But never before has the survey revealed something as devastatingly terrible as the 2017 survey. […]