Tagged: statistics

North Korea leads the Olympics – Medals per dollar of GDP - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 06, 2012

Do richer countries perform better than poorer?  Is sporting prowess more important to a country’s leaders than feeding their population?  Or does this table reflect real sporting prowess. You be the judge.  North Korea (DPR Korea) leads the medals per US$100 Billion of Gross Domestic Product (2010 figures from the UN statistics), Moldova and Mongolia … Continue reading » … Read More

Which is really the best performed Olympic country? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 03, 2012

Over at Statistics New Zealand the folks have done a great job in producing an alternative medals table for the London Olympics.  They are showing the number of medals won per million population.  They have kindly shared some of the data with me (thanks people) so that I can produce a few graphs and tables … Continue reading » … Read More

The Internet in Numbers: 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 27, 2012

Uptime monitoring service Pingdom’s released its ‘internet 2011 in numbers’, and the numbers are, to say the least, pretty interesting! I’ve pulled out a few of my favourites below: Websites The number of websites out there more than doubled in 2011. From 255 million in 2010 to 555 million in 2011. One wonders how many [...] … Read More

On Levels of Evidence - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 01, 2012

Yesterday, John Roughan’s column in the Herald was about the people of Christchurch and their need to know “the worst they might face”. He draws his story from the reluctance of the GNS to make comments about the possibility of further strong earthquakes even though they knew there was good scientific evidence that there would […] No related posts. Read More

New Zealand internet usage is on the up! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 14, 2011

Internet usage in New Zealand is, not surprisingly, on the increase 🙂 Apparently, we’re choosing easier access to the internet, more data and faster access.  Huzzah! Statistics New Zealand has released the results of the 2011 Internet Service Provider Survey, saying the following: A greater number of subscribers had access to faster upload speeds in 2011. The proportion of … Read More

TOSP Episode 5: October 10th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 10, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] This week’s podcast is, as usual, filled with interesting things.  Particularly Nobel-related things! We (aimee and Elf) talk about science prizes, figures, finding life on Mars, transhumanism, the beginning of infinity, nanotechnology (what is it?), statistics, space skiing, forensic science, nature vs nurture the Nobels, [...] … Read More

Die Another Way - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 14, 2011

I suppose I will be getting visits from dozens of worried patients who have just read the Herald’s latest attempt to scare the willies out of you. Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’ Any headline like this, involving common drugs, causes plenty of panic. Many of my patients will simply stop taking these medicines and [...] Related posts: … Read More

No Storm on the Horizon - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 02, 2011

Every now and again we see stories of doomsayers talking about population “bombs” and “storms”. The Sunday Star Times runs one today which suggests that there is “a gaping hole in New Zealand’s workforce where all the 20 – 35-year-olds should be”. There is only one problem with this analysis from Professor Natalie Jackson, who [...] Related posts: … Read More