Statisticians React to the News

In July 2020, the Statisticians React to the News blog debuted. Sponsored by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and organized by a volunteer committee, the unique international blog seeks to provide a rarely heard statistician’s perspective on the news, with the goal of reaching a broad audience of curious individuals (not only statisticians!). Some posts are reactions to specific news articles and others apply more generally to reading and interpreting the news. The inaugural post provides more on the motivation for started the blog and what we envisioned, and this one-year reflection provides a glimpse of the variety of topics and perspectives covered in the first 47 posts. Going into the second year, we hope to increase the breadth of our readership, welcome new contributors, and expand the editorial committee to share in the work of keeping the blog going.

If you might like to write a post, know someone you think would do a great job, or are interested in volunteering in another way, don’t hesitate to reach out to the blog’s editor, Megan Higgs ( We are particularly seeking volunteers from outside the US.

Thanks in advance and we hope you enjoy the posts!

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