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Dance of the Pythagorean Triangles …

October3

You saw it here first, and H3 saw it on its world tour (not quite earning what Ed Sheeran did on his recent tour) but still pretty cool. Now, getting back to Ed, here are the stats: According to The Sun, the pop star paid himself a whopping NZ$33.6 million – the equivalent of $92,000 […]

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The Privacy Puzzle Improved

July14

A team of Reed Statistics students won first place in a prestigious national competition for an innovative algorithm that helps researchers glean information from datasets—without compromising individual privacy. That right – a technique for ensuing your privacy while allowing statistical analysis of data! Zeki Kazan ’20, Kaiyan Shi ’20, and Simon Couch ’21 (seen here) […]

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A day of remembrance …

May28

Memorial Day – a few statistics: Memorial Day in the USA marks the beginning of summer. Barbeques and parties dominate the holiday. Americans will consume 818 hot dogs every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day (seven billion in total), and spend $1.5 billion on meat and seafood over the weekend. More than forty-two million […]

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Math to the Max

May11

How safe is the Boeing 737 MAX series? This emotive question requires us to do some mathematics. In its current implementation the 737 MAX is no safer than first generation jetliners flying in the late 1950s to early 1960s: types that included the Comet, Caravelle, BAC-111, Trident, VC-10, early 707, 720, DC-8 and Convair 880/890. […]

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Gold Increases by 300%!

February19

This gold chart (source: Kitco.com) appears to show a dramatic – over 300% – increase in the value of gold over a period of just 7 hours on February 15th, 2019.  Students learning Mathematics and Statistics must exercise their detective instincts when viewing data in graphical form and this is an excellent example. Of course, […]

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“It’s all about numbers!”

December28

It was one of those nasty family surprises – a family member having an emergency visit to hospital. As the nurse was making the patient comfortable, she was also busy checking the vital stats and noting them down in her log. Her comment was, “It’s all about numbers and I can’t do my job without […]

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Media hypes change in exchange rate with poor graphing?

November1

NZ dollar spikes on prospect of wage inflation … So read the headline (source here), followed by this brief explanation: “ANZ senior economist Sharon Zollner noted the New Zealand dollar had taken a pounding, post-election, but shot up from US68.49c before the data’s release to a peak of US69.14c on the back of the data, […]

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Dice Cricket – how will your team go?

July26

There are several variations of using dice to investigate chance and statistics. In this version, which works well in Junior High, students captain a cricket team and have a total of 11 players. Each player scores runs by rolling the die and using the number rolled to equal their runs. You can keep adding up […]

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Great Math Job for the Sporting Student

July1

Here is a great volunteer or work experience or Summer Intern position to get into – that of a Junior Math Match Stats Assistant. Why? You get to enjoy the game you love and you use your Mathematics to update the statistics as the game(s) progress. For example, here are some Match Stats from Wimbledon, […]

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We will remember them…

April25

At the end of last week a group of young students presented their thoughts on Gallipoli at a special school assembly. It was a moving experience. The Gallipoli Campaign in World War I was a valiant, but flawed attempt to bring about victory for the British and allied forces from France, Australia and New Zealand. […]

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