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Statistics need Stories to give them meaning. Stories need Statistics to give them credibility. Every Thursday John Bailer, Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington get together with a new, interesting guest to bring you the Statistics behind the Stories and the Stories behind the Statistics.
 
Stat Stories - a StatMuse original podcast - takes a stats-driven look at the top NBA stories and performances. Creator of Basketball Reference Justin Kubatko and infamous former Rockets Tweeter Chad Shanks break down the biggest NBA storylines with their unique, and at times contradictory, points of view.
 
This is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share what they think about, what they are insecure about, what they get excited about. They share the stories of their day-to-day life. Videos of these interviews are at humanstories.ai. The host is Devi Parikh. Find out more about her at www.cc.gatech.edu/~parikh/ or follow her on Twitter https://twitter.c ...
 
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On a recent episode of Stats+Stories, Timandra Harkness talked with us about the rise of today’s data economy. On today’s episode of Stats and Short Stories we want to shift the focus to the future of that data economy and how advancing technologies like the metaverse will play in.Harkness writes and presents BBC Radio 4 documentaries including the…
 
An entire industry has grown up around nutrition and health. People pushing everything from shakes, to meal kits, to special diets. While some of the claims surrounding such products can be questionable at best, the field of nutrition science is growing. Filled with researchers who are working to truly understand the science of food that is a focus…
 
Do you remember the first time you saw a prompt in social media asking about a product you were searching for on some other online platform? How about the first time you received coupons sent from your local grocery that incentivized buying your favorite consumable items? Today’s episode of Stats+Stories focuses on the origin, expansion and future …
 
Our lives are increasingly shaped by statistics and data. However, they remain concepts that can be difficult for broad audiences to understand. A number of outlets, including this one, have sprung up to help make them more accessible. Today another one, the “Not So Standard Deviations” podcast is the focus of this episode of Stats+Stories with gue…
 
When we talk about human rights we often focus on qualitative narratives; the tales of struggles faced by refugees, of rights denied to individuals during war, of the fight for clean food and water, but undergirding all those stories are statistics. Statistics that allow us to gain insight into the scope of a human rights issue, or the size of a po…
 
There's so much data out there about COVID-19 it can be hard to make sense of it all. Over the last year, a couple of statisticians have been working to help the readers of the Guardian, get a handle on the numbers. Dr. Anthony Masters and Sir David John Spiegelhalter have a new book out based on their weekly blog titled COVID by the Numbers, which…
 
The information age has been rife with more misinformation than any other time in human history. With the dissemination and spread of fakes news is at an all-time high, can people be trained to spot and pre-bunk misinformation and fake news. That’s what we’re here to learn about on today’s episode of Stats and Short Stories with guest Sander van de…
 
Social media are complicated. With some research suggesting they're important spaces for digital community building and other scholars pointing out how social media can serve to actually disconnect people from one another. A growing concern among both academics in the public is the ways in which misinformation and conspiracies move through social m…
 
There's a lot of conversation happening about the ethical uses of data and statistics how much weight should we put on numbers at all? How thoroughly should we investigate the methodologies used to create them? And who has access to the data? A special issue of chance focuses on statistics and data science for good and that is the topic of this epi…
 
The costumes are ready and the annual opportunity to go out and harass your neighbors to get candy is once again upon us. Yes, it's time for Halloween. And along with Halloween comes the worry, the concern the fear that in fact, someone will be poisoning my kid’s candy. This is something that has lived with us for decades and we have someone today …
 
With the ubiquity of technology in our lives have come concerns over privacy, security, and surveillance. These are particularly potent in relation to what's come to be called Big Data. Navigating the complicated terrain is a constant conversation in some sectors of the tech industry, as well as academia. And it's the focus of this episode of Stats…
 
Yejin Choi is the Brett Helsel Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington and also a senior research manager at AI2. Find out more about her at her homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats…
 
Charles Lee Isbell Jr. is a computationalist, researcher, and educator. He has been a professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing since 2002, and since July 2019 is the John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean of the College. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researcher…
 
The issue of income inequality is one Americans continually wrestle with the COVID 19 pandemic bringing to light how housing, health, and general wellbeing are impacted by the unequal distribution of wealth. Income inequality in the United States is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Joseph Gastwirth.Dr. Gastwirth is a Profes…
 
Carlos Guestrin is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They shar…
 
Pushmeet Kohli is a computer scientist at Google DeepMind where he heads the “Robust and Reliable AI” and “AI for Science” teams. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life l…
 
The health of the world's oceans is a growing concern but measuring ocean health is a complicated undertaking. Some people studying the issue focus on pollution, while others look at the health of corals or marine mammals. One project attempts to take a comprehensive picture of the health of oceans in order to provide information about Oceanic vita…
 
Felix Hill is a Research Scientist at Google DeepMind. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share what they think about, what they …
 
Stefan Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Oregon State University. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their lif…
 
The COVID pandemic put many Sports on hold during 2020, but with the industry roaring back with the 2021 Summer Olympics as well as World Cup qualifier matches sports, and sports statistics, are back. Which is the perfect timing for the unveiling of the Royal Statistical Society's 2021 Sports Statistic of the Year. Robert Mastrodomenico is a fellow…
 
Sasha Rush is an Associate Professor at Cornell Tech and a Researcher at Hugging Face. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share w…
 
Yonatan Bisk is an Assistant Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at CMU. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share wh…
 
Newsrooms all over the world are embracing data journalism – looking for unique and thoughtful ways to use data to tell stories about their communities. But is every newsroom handling data as carefully as it should be? What safeguards are in place ensure journalists are using data in ethical ways? That’s the focus of this episode of Stats and Stori…
 
Aaron Courville is a Professor at the University of Montreal and a member of the Mila-Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life lik…
 
Adriana Kovashka is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Find out more about her at her homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. The…
 
At Stats+Stories we're lucky to have listeners who put up with John's bad jokes and our general shenanigans. In fact, you've listened to 199 discussions of the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. To mark our 100th episode we asked you to submit statistical headlines and a haiku won. For 200 we took to Twitter using …
 
Subbarao Kambhampati is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Arizona State University. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went …
 
Akshara is a Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research. Find out more about her at her homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share what they think about, what the…
 
Twitter can be cacophonous at times – one a given day, serious analysis of the situation in Afghanistan, news stories about climate change, and Parry Gripp’s Music for Cat Piano Volume 1 can all compete for a user’s attention. This has only become more clear during the COVID 19 pandemic as it seems almost everyone is tweeting about the disease, wit…
 
Georgia Gkioxari is a Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research and the Program Chair for CVPR 2021. Find out more about her at her homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went t…
 
Andrew Fitzgibbon is a partner researcher at Microsoft in Cambridge, UK. Find out more about him at his homepage. Humans of AI: Stories, Not Stats is an interview series with AI researchers to get to know them better as people. We don't talk about AI or their work or the stats of their life like what college they went to. They share what they think…
 
The tenure track process at American universities is a grind – one shaped by the old adage to “Publish or perish.” But if a junior faculty member manages to successfully navigate the process – publishing as expected, learning to manage a classroom, participating in service – then they’re rewarded with tenure. Tenure is an almost permanent employmen…
 
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