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Feeding the Five Thousand – or was it Three? Researchers Claim Most Crowd Estimations Are Unreliable
The public should view crowd estimation with scepticism, say the authors of a study in Significance.
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The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and John Wiley and Sons Inc. announced today a publishing partnership for AAPM’s prestigious portfolio of scholarly journals in medical physics. With over 8,000 members globally, the AAPM is one of the largest and most highly regarded professional organizations for researchers and scientists working in medical physics and related fields.
Experts estimate that illegal cartels of businesses harm consumers to the tune of many billions of dollars annually as they secretly collude to set prices, allocate territory, and distort market competition for their own financial benefit. In a new Significance article, Carsten Crede, of the Centre for Competition Policy and the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia, outlines the pros and cons of cartel screens, which are statistical tools to help spot bad business behavior.
The rise of wearable activity trackers, such as Fitbit, Fuelband, and Jawbone, has generated a lot of public excitement as well as interest from researchers who are enthused about the opportunities these devices may provide to monitor activity and help people lead healthier lives.
A new article that explores the statistics of the Christmas toy market notes that there is a roughly one in three chance that the Star Wars franchise will produce the number one selling Christmas toy in the UK. The findings reinforce the dominance of film and television in the toy market.
In an interview published on StatisticsViews.com, Christine Fox, who recently served as the acting United States Deputy Secretary of Defense and was the inspiration for the Kelly McGillis character in Top Gun, shares her experiences working in statistics at the very top of the US government.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a strong performance in Thomson Reuters® 2015 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) release.
New research provides mathematical evidence that Michelangelo used the Golden Ratio of 1.6 when painting The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
For many students or junior academics—and even for senior investigators—initiating a new piece of research can be a daunting experience, and they often do not know where or how to begin. A recent Accounting and Finance article offers a simple new research tool that can act as a template designed for pitching research ideas to mentors or other experts.
As part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival, Professor David Spiegelhalter has given an overview of the history of sex research using data going back to 1580, conducted by pioneering sexologists through to today’s ‘sexperts’. The latest survey of British sexual behavior suggests that people are becoming more experimental in their sex lives, but there is less of it going on.
Hoboken, NEW JERSEY- February 20, 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), a global knowledge-based services provider, is honored to be the recipient of nine PROSE Awards for 2015. The PROSE Awards recognize excellence in professional and scholarly publishing by highlighting distinguished books, journals and electronic content.
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., today announced the launch of Advanced Science, a new premium, interdisciplinary open access journal.
The key to understanding the geologic history of the Solar System is knowing the ages of planetary rocks. Researchers have developed an instrument that is not only capable of dating rocks, but also is composed entirely of technology that can be miniaturized for spaceflight.
According to experts’ statistical analyses, if you’re expecting 10 guests for dinner on Christmas day, 15 crackers—those festive cardboard tubes filled with a one-size-fits-no-one paper hat, a small toy, and a groan-inducing joke—should be enough to send everyone home happy. The experts came to their estimation by simulating 10,000 parties, with guest numbers ranging from 2 to 50. Their results are published in Significance.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is pleased to learn that The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura.
A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, how long they have known them, or who else is connected with them.
Contrary to what one might expect, facial masculinity was negatively associated with semen quality in a recent Journal of Evolutionary Biology study. As increased levels of testosterone have been demonstrated to impair sperm production, this finding may indicate a trade-off between investments in secondary sexual signaling (i.e. facial masculinity) and fertility.
While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a new Significance paper points to 2 other unfavorable factors outside human control: there were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south, and earlier in the year, than was usual.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the 2014 release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). A total of 1,202 Wiley titles (approximately 70%) were indexed, up from 1,193 in the 2012 JCR, and including 13 titles which have been indexed for the first time.
Weight loss at high altitudes—something universally experienced by climbers and people who move to higher terrain—may not be a detrimental effect, but rather is likely an evolutionarily-programmed adaptation, according to a new article in BioEssays.