University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Information sciences professor developing tool to make data visualizations accessible to blind researchers, students

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Information sciences professor developing tool to make data visualizations accessible to blind researchers, students. “Information sciences professor JooYoung Seo is developing a data visualization tool that converts data to sound or Braille to make visual representations of statistical data accessible to researchers who are blind or visually impaired.”

New York Times: Official Data Hinted at China’s Hidden Covid Toll. Then It Vanished.

New York Times: Official Data Hinted at China’s Hidden Covid Toll. Then It Vanished.. “Official data from China offered a rare, but brief, glimpse of the true toll of Covid, indicating that nearly as many people may have died from the virus in a single province earlier this year as Beijing has said died in the mainland during the entire pandemic. The data was deleted from a provincial government website just days after it was published on Thursday. But epidemiologists who reviewed a cached version of the information said it was the latest indication that the country’s official tally is a vast undercount.”

Canadian Legal Problems Survey: Data Dashboard (Mixed Conclusions)

Mixed Conclusions: Canadian Legal Problems Survey: Data Dashboard. “In this blogpost, I describe the construction of a dashboard from the main CLPS dataset itself. First, I’ll give an overview of the organization of the project and go through the structure of the data. Then I’ll describe some simple data validation procedures I performed using a data validation toolkit called Pandera. Finally, I’ll spend the bulk of this post describing the dashboard and its implementation, including various issues I encountered.”

Lethbridge News Now: Statistics Canada launches tracking tool as Canada’s population nears 40 million

Lethbridge News Now: Statistics Canada launches tracking tool as Canada’s population nears 40 million. “Canada is close to reaching 40 million people, and Statistics Canada has launched a new tool to watch that population growth in real time. The Canada population clock keeps an ongoing tally of births, deaths, immigrants, emigrants, non-permanent residents and inter-provincial migrants. The tracker also keeps count of the population of every province and territory, as well as the population change since midnight.”

Ghana Today: GSS develops online database for accessing census statistics

Ghana Today: GSS develops online database for accessing census statistics. “The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has developed an online database for accessing disaggregated census statistics…. The online database called StatsBank allows users to generate customised tables and maps at the national, and sub-national levels at no cost. The GSS StatsBank, which was launched on Thursday in Accra contains over 300 million unique statistics from published 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) reports.”

Wolfram Blog: Stack the Odds in Your Favor and Master Probability with Wolfram Language

Wolfram Blog: Stack the Odds in Your Favor and Master Probability with Wolfram Language. “I am glad to announce the launch of Introduction to Probability, a free interactive course aiming to help you learn probability intuitively, from simple to advanced concepts. Anyone who wants to learn probability for the first time, needs a refresher or is looking to apply probability professionally will find great value in this course. It will help students understand and use randomness and random variables.”

USDA: USDA to host Data Users’ Meeting to gather public input on statistical programs

USDA: USDA to host Data Users’ Meeting to gather public input on statistical programs. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will hold its biannual Data Users’ Meeting April 18 from 1-4:30 p.m. CT at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch. A virtual attendance option will also be available. The meeting is free and open to the public.”

Vox EU: Using historical newspaper data to deal with measurement error

Vox EU: Using historical newspaper data to deal with measurement error. “Researchers typically collect newspaper-based data for use as outcome, treatment, or control variables in statistical analysis. This column argues that data generated from historical newspaper articles can also be used as a low-cost alternative for resolving measurement errors. The authors illustrate their framework by replicating two recent studies of how the boll weevil – a beetle that infests cotton crops – affected economic outcomes in the US South from 1892 to 1922.”

Canadian Grocer: Why Statistics Canada is changing how it monitors food prices

Canadian Grocer: Why Statistics Canada is changing how it monitors food prices. “There is no doubt this change was needed as the list of products was quite dated. In fact, even if you go back 25 years, the list was quite immaterial for most of us. For example, seafood is a huge industry for Canada, and canned salmon was the only fish that Statistics Canada was monitoring the last 25 years. The produce category only had a handful of options, the only option in the juice category was orange, and the vegetable protein category was nonexistent. Today, vegetable proteins are consumed by a growing number of Canadians. However, once the new list comes out, Statistics Canada says we can’t go back beyond March 2022 to access food prices.”

ScienceDaily: New statistical method eases data reproducibility crisis

ScienceDaily: New statistical method eases data reproducibility crisis. “A reproducibility crisis is ongoing in scientific research, where many studies may be difficult or impossible to replicate and thereby validate, especially when the study involves a very large sample size. Now researchers have developed a statistical tool that can accurately estimate the replicability of a study, thus eliminating the need to duplicate the work and effectively mitigating the reproducibility crisis.”

Phys .org: American Statistical Association releases 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urges prompt action

Phys .org: American Statistical Association releases 2020 Census Quality Indicators, urges prompt action. “The American Statistical Association Board of Directors has endorsed the recommendations of the 2020 Census Quality Indicators report, written by a task force of census experts to shed light on the quality, accuracy, and coverage of the 2020 Census counts. The task force, co-chaired by former US Chief Statistician Nancy Potok and ASA President-elect Robert Santos, was formed in early September in response to concerns about 2020 Census data quality, including the lack of transparency and measures of quality traditionally provided by the US Census Bureau.”

ProPublica: How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers

ProPublica: How to Understand COVID-19 Numbers . “Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate the figures.”