Tagged: statistics

The legend of Chris Martin: Part I - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 05, 2013

His innings may be over, but the legend lives on.  Chris Martin retired this week from international cricket. He was a legend with ball and he was a legend with bat, for quite different reasons.  His Test batting average of 2.36 was the worst ever of any international cricketer who batted in more than 15 … Continue reading » … Read More

Significantly p’d - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 20, 2013

I may be a pee scientist, but today is brought to you by the letter “P” not the product.  “P” is something all journalists, all lay readers of science articles, teachers, medical practitioners, and all scientists should know about.  Alas, in my experience many don’t and as a consequence “P” is abused. Hence this post.  … Continue reading » … Read More

What do Kiwis die of? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

Ponting’s last innings - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 06, 2012

“Only as good as your last match” goes the cliché.  This is true for Ricky Ponting and here is why. I recently published an article1 (Open Access ) on some new techniques being used in medical research which determine if making an additional measurement improves what we call “risk stratification.”  In other words – does … Continue reading » … Read More

Note to self – eat more chocolate - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 17, 2012

Apparently the pinnacle of one’s scientific career is to win a Nobel Prize.  Having not won a Nobel yet I will just need to accept by faith that it would indeed be the pinnacle of my career.  Thanks to a brilliant article in the New England Journal of Medicine this week I now have a … Continue reading » … Read More

Children killed by mothers – duh! - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 25, 2012

The media is in a tiz over a police report stating that 45% of children killed in family violence were killed by their mothers.  The Herald says “Children are far more likely to be killed by their mothers than any other category of offender,”; Newstalk ZB reports Bob McCoskrie as saying this is “startling”; Stuff ramp … Continue reading » … Read More

Medals per capita is biased - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 14, 2012

The Games are over, let the analysis begin. We’ve had some fun with ranking countries’ performance at the London Olympics according to medals per million (medals per capita) or medals per 100 billion of Gross Domestic Product (see my tables below).  As I predicted a few posts back, the medals per capita will be one … Continue reading » … Read More

Grenada grabs gold, NZ relegated to Silver - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 08, 2012

As expected, a country with a small population has grabbed the top medal position when Grenada (population, 104,000) grabbed a gold.  WIth a medals per million score of 9.6 they are only likely to be beaten by a country with even smaller population.  Meanwhile, Jamaica has moved into 5th position with 5 medals, all in … Continue reading » … Read More