Puzzle lover
Gerald Selby has always loved riddles: where others saw only noise, he strove to find order and harmony. While working at Kellogg's Oatmeal Factory, he analyzed materials to increase shelf life. One day, while studying cereal from other companies, Jerry came across a strange sequence of characters on the back of a General Mills box. Instead of a date and a manufacturing factory, a mysterious code was printed there. Jerry decided to decipher it: taking several boxes of Kellogg's and General Mills breakfasts, he began to compare their moisture content, realizing that cereals with approximately the same moisture content should have close production dates. By making notes on paper, he identified some patterns. Soon he was able to decipher everything that made it possible to determine the place, date and time of manufacture. In a more aggressive line of business, “hacking” competitors' secrets could have been a huge benefit, but not in the production of oatmeal, so management was not enthusiastic about its discovery.
KlauS 28 february 2021, 12:20

Are the primes scattered over the numerical axis like wind-dispersed seeds? Of course not: simplicity is not a matter of chance, but the result of elementary arithmetic. A number is simple if and only if no smaller positive integer except one does not divide it whole.
Skull 31 october 2017, 10:55

There are 3 types of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Statistics, infographics, data analysis and data science – who isn’t doing it right now. Everyone knows how to do it right, just left for someone to write how you SHOULDN’T do it. In the article we’ll try to fix it.

(Hazen Robert "Curve fitting". 1978, Science.)

Article structure:
  1. Lead
  2. Sampling Bias
  3. Well-chosen average
  4. 10 more failed experiments of which we haven’t written yet
  5. Playing with scale
  6. Selecting 100%
  7. Hiding main numbers
  8. Visual metaphor
  9. Example of qualitative visualization
  10. Conclusion and what to read next
KlauS 30 june 2014, 14:35