Beyond the numbers: What goes into estimating bird populations?

By Auriel Fournier, Mathematics and Statistics Editor   Auriel Fournier with the first Sora of the 2014 field season. (Photo credit: Auriel Fournier)   Ecology often comes down to counting something and using those counts to answer a question. We count birds, we count offspring, we count individuals with diseases, and we count the parasites […]

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World Wetlands Day: The Hunter and the Number Cruncher

By: Auriel Fournier, Math & Stats Editor Happy World Wetlands Day! Today I am going to dive into the two things that I think are often misunderstood about wetlands:  The role that hunters and statistics have played in wetland conservation in North America. One reason we have so many wetlands today is because of hunting, […]

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Why is there error in statistics?

By Auriel M.V. Fournier and Andrew MacDonald Math and Statistics Editors A common misconception is that statistics can make precise predictions about future events. But most of the time there is error associated with a prediction; that is, the prediction falls within a range of values. For instance a meteorologist might predict that Quebec City […]

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