After more than a year of unsuccessful searching, authorities called in an elite group of statisticians. Working on their recommendations, the next search found the wreckage just a week later
How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic | MIT Technology Review (via Arthur C.)
But be careful — odds ratios can potentially lead to worse misunderstandings than mere naiveté about statistical independence. See “Thou shalt not report odds ratios”, 7/30/2007, for how 84.7 can be misleadingly presented as 60% of 90.6.
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Government bureaucracies, as opposed to casual friendships, are seldom in danger from too much information. That is why a new initiative by the New York City comptroller, Scott Stringer, to use copious amounts of data to save money and solve problems, makes such intuitive sense.

Called ClaimStat, it seeks to collect and analyze information on the thousands of lawsuits and claims filed each year against the city. By identifying patterns in payouts and trouble-prone agencies and neighborhoods, the program is supposed to reduce the cost of claims the way CompStat, the fabled data-tracking program pioneered by the New York Police Department, reduces crime.

Better Governing Through Data - NYTimes.com
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