Cricketing Deviants

Cricket could probably do with fewer statistics. A cricketing scoreboard is a gigantic mess of numbers and tables, and even the famously beautiful Adelaide Oval scoreboard is completely impenetrable to the outsider.

This will sadly be the last appearance of Michael Carberry’s name in this post on the greatest test batsmen of all time

While simplifying the plethora of numbers that come with a cricket match is a sensible goal, this blog post is going to do the opposite. Sorry. Instead of making this game more accessible we’re going to add a few more numbers.

Cricketing batsmen are usually compared by their Average, the number of runs scored per dismissal. By this metric Donald Bradman is the best batsman to have ever lived. However in science it’s poor form to express an average without a confidence interval, so I’ve calculated the standard deviation for the the top 200 highest scoring batsmen of all time and ranked them.

It was too much effort to plot such a large amount of data on WordPress in a visually satisfying way so I’ve hosted the data over on github. However github was tricky to set comments up for so come on over back to here to argue it out.

Click here to view the numbers.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Bucket Challenge

For a full disclaimer and safety notice please see the original post.

I now do lots of science blogging over at Tycho’s Nose, an excellent blog put together by Gilead, Keir and myself. Whilst the site’s content usually consists of long, thought-out pieces on interesting and varied topics, I was challenged to do the blooming ice bucket and figured that I would only do it if i was teaching people stuff.

So yeah, combined gas law for the win. The experiment works beautifully and the moment where I pull in the whiteboard isn’t overly cheesy (although still very cheesy) but hell people have messaged me to say they enjoyed learning the gas law so why the hell not.

 

Personal Genome Project Party

[Most important update: a big old full statement and apology from the PGP here]
[Update: someone from PGP has commented to point out that this is PGP UK only and the international ones are run separately]

Last night the Personal Genome Project (PGP UK) sent an email out to everyone who’d registered an interest in taking part. 2 hours later one volunteer replied to the PGP UK with a query about the booking form. Unfortunately for the UCL-administered mailing list, the thousands of people that received the first email also received the second one.

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Does Microsoft Excel know more about Nicki Minaj than I do?

For a bit of a laugh, I frequently challenge my friends to topics on Quiz-up that I know we both know literally know nothing about. My main topic of choice used to be “Nicki Minaj” but recently I suspect that my younger brother is secretly studying Minaj facts so he can beat me at it.* Anyway, there have been a couple of times I’ve scored so badly in these joke Quizup games I’ve wondered:

Would I actually just been better off jabbing at the screen at random?

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