How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford

At The Margin | 16 September 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Harford about his book How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers. Warns against being misled by statistics but also warns of the need to get statistics right and take them seriously. Offers some rules of thumb for making sense of the information we see around us.

David Spiegelhalter – The Art of Statistics

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 6 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with David Spiegelhalter, author of The Art of Statistics, sharing his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind chance from something more significant.

Joshua Miller on the Hot Hand Phenomenon

Masters in Business | 28 March 2019 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Deliciously wonky interview with Joshua Miller about the ideas in his paper Surprised By the Hot Hand Fallacy? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers, which he co-authored with Adam Sanjurjo. Discusses in an accessible way the statistical concepts behind proving that hot hands do exist, thus confirming our intuition and disproving one of the famous examples of behavioural economics.

Michael Schwimer – Moneyball as an Investment Strategy

Capital Allocators | 15 October 2018 | 0h 55m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Schwimer of Big League Advance, a company that investments in Minor League baseball players in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings. Discusses his analytical approach to playing professional sport, his application of Sabermetrics, his concern for player welfare and the process of recruiting funders. Fascinating from both sports and data science perspectives.

What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.

How Well Do You Understand Your World?

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 3 September 2018 | 0h 9m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bobby Duffy, author of The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts.

Crowdsourcing Predictive Algorithms

Invest Like the Best | 4 September 2018 | 0h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Conversation with Richard Craib, the founder and CEO of the hedge fund Numerai. Discusses how Numerai has used anonymised data and cryptocurrency rewards to crowdsource the development of investment models.