Super Bowl Math: 2013 Edition

It’s Super Bowl time again! And since I’m a nerd, I can find a way to link math back to pretty much anything, even sports. A lot of people just watch for the commercials, but it’s more fun if you also understand what’s going on in the game. If nothing else, you can impress your friends with some truly random trivia. Obviously this isn’t a comprehensive guide to all things related to American football, but hopefully it’ll make watching the game a bit more fun. Read More Super Bowl Math: 2013 Edition

Baseball Math: How to Read the Box Score

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t much of a sports fan when I was growing up. I enjoyed playing games, but watching them just bored me to tears. What can I say, I was a huge nerd and thought I was too smart to be obsessed with stupid sports. Then one day, I wound up dating (and eventually marrying) a huge Yankees fan, so I started learning about baseball for the first time. And you know what? It’s full of math! Learning about all the wacky statistics that go into analyzing the game was what really made it fun for me. (Well, that and ripping on Red Sox Fans. :-P ) Before I knew it I was reading Moneyball and learning about sabermetrics and becoming a huge nerdy baseball fan.  Read More Baseball Math: How to Read the Box Score

New Study Looks at Variation in Medicaid Spending Across States

In recent years, the narrative surrounding all manner of policy issues in American political debate has often boiled down to how much money the government is (or should) be spending on social or other programs. Nowhere has this been truer than when it comes to health care. Read More New Study Looks at Variation in Medicaid Spending Across States

A Peek at the Latest Census Data

The United States Census Bureau has just released the results of its American Community Survey (not to be confused with the 2010 Census, the results of which won’t be released until a later date). Needless to say, America’s community news outlets are having a field day pulling relevant information about their region: who has the highest home values? Who has the most diversity? Who has the highest income? Let’s take a looky-loo at the results. Read More A Peek at the Latest Census Data