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The FBI changed the way it compiles data, and reporting law-enforcement agencies have yet to catch up.
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Some encouraging results from the 2020 National Crime Victimization Survey
"Masks matter. So does good science. Let's do both."
Critics Say a Pair of California Antibody Studies Contain Critical Statistical Errors That Produced Implausible Results
Too many false positives, nonrandom study population, and infection fatality rates out of whack with other data, critics claim.
Blaming Trump's election on the magical power of Russian Twitter bots is seductive because it excuses Americans for electing an obviously unqualified candidate.
Did San Francisco really see a 170 percent "spike in human trafficking" last year?
Government statistics often show more reports of both. That doesn't mean either is on the rise.
It trivializes a brutal crime to inflate the count this way. Cut it out.
15 Times Major Media Outlets Used a Statistic about Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
A number's popularity does not prove its accuracy.
Or how writing about survey methodology can go wrong fast
The exceptions in 2016 were Minnesota and Texas, according to newly released FBI data.
Cato's polling director Emily Ekins says as many as one in five voters can be identified as libertarian.
The Supreme Court to decide if gerrymandering is unconstitutional
Suspect Statistics From Plastic Surgeon Society Say 'Gender Confirmation Surgeries' Up 19 Percent Last Year
There were 3,256 such surgeries in 2016, says the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But how it got this number is anyone's guess.
U.S. kids are no more likely to be abducted today than they were decades ago, and much more likely to be returned safely when they are.
Exploring the absurdities of modern nutritional epidemiology.
Dueling crime statistics
Officials claim that more than 1,000 Ohio children are "trafficked into the sex trade each year." Here's why they're wrong.
The numbers don't justify the outrage and fear.
The New York Times Says Working in Nail Salons Causes Cancer and Miscarriages. The Evidence Says Otherwise. (Part 3)
The final in a three-part series on how Sarah Maslin Nir's investigative series violated the standards of responsible journalism.
Making sense of the competing statistics