It’s the summer, and so we see the usual uptick in coverage of shark attacks and other relatively rare events is in the news. This is one of our favorite topics, especially how disproportionate the coverage can be. This contributes to people forming a model of the world that is wildly inaccurate, with a lack of proportionality, and an over-emphasis on recent, emotional events.
Instead of the usual media panic, via Teton Gravity Research comes a more sober analysis of mortality statistics. I have not vetted each data point (Some are confusing), but I am curious if any of the data heads can explain/disprove this approach. (Thanks, Pat!)
Denominator Blindness, Shark Attack edition (February 5, 2019)
The Plural of Anecdote IS Data (February 4, 2019)
Shark vs. Mosquito Deaths (April 26, 2018)
Morningstar: Crashes & Terrorists & Sharks, Oh, My! (September 8, 2017)
Source: Teton Gravity Research