Statistics Archive

Ranking Canadian hospitals: but does it mean anything?

Posted April 11, 2013 By Marc Leger

This week, the CBC unveiled a comprehensive study, rating Canadian hospitals and presenting report cards to determine, in their words, a list of “top hospitals” in Canada.  Any presentation of “good” and “not-so-good” hospitals in this country can only create passionate and lively discussion about the state of our health care system, what are expectations […]

Is Kate Smith a lucky charm or a statistical anomaly?

Posted April 30, 2012 By Marc Leger

Perhaps the most storied “lucky charm” in sports is Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” at Philadelphia Flyers home games. Many details of her story, along with some of the statistics I will be using in this post, are available here. The story goes that on December 11, 1969, Flyers management decided to use a […]

Playing with Letters and Numbers

Posted April 2, 2012 By Marc Leger

One of my favourite television franchises exists in several countries around the World, but unfortunately, has no North American version. It is very simple to understand, and yet, it is challenging for viewers of all ages and abilities. Its best-known version makes sparse use of graphics and electronics, at least by 2012 standards, and yet […]

As we leave the Holidays and resume the grind that is our regular lives, most of us will soon get one of the more intense reality checks of the New Year: the credit card bill for our Holiday expenditures.  Immediately, the question comes up: how will be pay for it?  Perhaps in a moment of […]

Recently, I went to a casino for the first time in several years.  While I enjoy considering the statistics behind casino games, and I love playing card games in general, I’m not a big fan of casinos themselves – and not just the part about losing my hard-earned money.  While casino games are firmly rooted […]