Kaiser and I will soon start a weekly column for the Daily Beast, focusing on statistics that are cited in political and civic debates. The question is, what to call it? We have a few possibilities but aren’t thrilled with any of them. So we could use some help from the wisdom of the crowd.

We have some ideas but don’t love any of them. I’ll put what we have in the first comment, but I’d like you to first try to come up with a good name for the column, without being influenced by our current mediocre suggestions. Then you can read what we have and see if that inspires you to something better.

Thanks much in advance.

Stat Police

Data Doctors

Data Wranglers

Statbusters

Statistics Truth Squad

Stats Screen

Datawatch

Data Watchers

Stathoscope

Statshoscope

Statboyz in the Hood

The Devil is in the Details

The Devil is in the Data

Devil Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Adding it Up

Stat Skeptics

Ummm . . . you should be able to come up with something better than this!

How about Statistico?

Red Stat, Blue Stat

Game of Stats

Your number’s up

My numbers are better

Statopolis

Outnumbered

House of Stats

The Educated Guess

+=1 game of stats

+1 for outnumbered.

Here are a few…

Probably relevant

Probably pertinent

Probably unlikely (if one is pessimistic about the relevance of data used in public debate)

Probably X, where X says something about the subject matter?

or (these are probably a bit geeky for public consumption)

Entropy reduction

Belief updaters (It would be fun to have a reference/joke in there for those of us that care about this stuff!)

Normalized data (The stats joke has a possible clash with the database version, but still my fav.)

I like Probably Relevant. Humble yet appropriate.

How about “Prior Restraint”

probably improbable?

Stat Trek, though I think it’s been done.

I like Statbusters.

Just The Stats, Ma’am

Thermo-stat

You should call it Degrees of Freedom.

Freeeeedommmmmm!!!!!!!

I Once googled “degrees of freedom” to read up on the subject and got a bunch of links to Liberty University

I tried once to get my fellow grad students to go with Noise Busters for the softball team – but they liked Outfliers better.

Noise does not reflect bias and perhaps more importantly misses false certainty about uncertainty.

Qualifying certainty about uncertainty.

Understanding (un)certainty assertions/pretensions.

Good luck.

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

Standard Errors

How about Scrutinizing Statistics? It’s topically truthful and amazingly alliterative also.

Science vs Fiction (or some combination thereof, Fiction Science, The Science & the Fiction, etc…)

You could then have a science to fiction thermometer, where you would rank specific claims at the end of each article.

PS I was wondering why you were not offering a t-shirt or something to encourage people. But then I though how much fun we all get from your blog, so really, it is just quid pro quo!

False Positives

Uninformed Posteriors

Here’s my $0.02:

Honest Statistics

Rude Awakenings

Honesty for the Best Policy

Scrubbed Numbers

Good luck! And congrats on the columns!

How about ‘Haruspex – predictions from the political entrails’

P for Two

Debunking Data

Delusional Data

Deconstructing Data

Statatat

Stat-Attack

A theme to consider:

A Mean Column

The Mean Column

Intentionally Mean

Essentially Mean

Mean Daily

Daily Mean

Above the Mean

Beyond the Mean

Don’t be Mean

Stat’s All, Folks

credible interlude

Statistically Significant at the National Level

maybe Statistical Significance at the National Level sounds better?

Political Figures

The Week Prior

Just Add Data

Most Statistics Are

Show Me The Data

Statistically Speaking

Probable Flaws

Political Values

Victims of Statistics

Probably Politics

Critical Value

Thomas: Neat but maybe work in

Prevention and rehabilitation of Victims of Statistics.

Slight variation on your second to last: Probably Political

I like just “Stat!” because it reminds me of watching “Emergency!” in boyhood. (10 cc of Ringers lactate fixed everything then.)

Almost Surely BS

Allows for abbreviations P(BS) = 1, or A.S. B.S.

Biased, but Consistent

This is my favorite but unfortunately wouldn’t work for a general audience

Agree: fantastic name for a stats blog for statisticians, not for one on the Daily Beast.

Bayes Watch

or Hawaii 0.05?

The Andrewmazing Fungtastic Gelman Kaiser (could be a statistical circus act)

Numbers are Fun-statistics

Andrew’s Peeves, Kaiser’s Beef

How about… Statistics in Political and Civic Debates

Uncertainty Acceptance Therapy

Uncertainty Acceptance Therapy

The Daily Least Squared Error

Survey Says

Politically Significant

Lies, Damn Lies, and Politics

From the musical Fiorello, Politics and Poker — any you’ll even have a theme song!

Given the publication, how about

“Numbers of The Beast”

This is great!

The Number of the Beast, of course!

statistics ain’t beanbag

Data Front

Stat Front

Trench datafare

At Variance

Beastly Stats

Politics by the Numbers.

This isn’t relevant to your blog, but our exercise team (all from one of our stats departments) was called “Goodness of Fit”. Wish it was my idea, but it wasn’t.

Statcheck…like factcheck

Data Debate

PolitiCalc

Always Wrong, Sometimes Useful

Might provide some inspiration:

http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/726/famous-statistician-quotes

Probably approximately correct

Party Lines

Daily BS?

Dissimulation

How about the column Krypto?

Meaning: 1) secret, hidden, or concealed; 2)a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief. 3) a combining form meaning “hidden,” “not perceived immediately or with certainty”

Uses: Superman’s pet Krypto the superdog. The game Krypto: “mathematical game that promotes proficiency with basic arithmetic operations. More detailed analysis of the game can raise more complex statistical questions.”

I think it kind of captures the spirit of “statistics that are cited in political and civic debates”. Maybe you want something more clever though?

Prefer crypo (c rather than k)–makes explicit the connection with information (cryptography).

Questionable Significance

What Lies Beneath (because it both covers what underlies the data and how the use of data supports lies)

Behind the Data Curtain (sort of a Wizard of Oz reference, with two variants below)

Data Wizards: Peering Behind the Curtain (I don’t like colons, but at least this gets the full point across)

Data Wiz (Sort of like Cheez Whiz, but with Data!)

Decimal Points (because it’s points made with numbers and because you dislike decimal points)

Imaginary Numbers and Real Numbers (or, to combine this into one snappy title for the cognoscenti…)

The Complex Plane

Here are some (quite bad) suggestions :

What do you mean ?

Substandard deviation

Bayes and girls

Beautiful models

Give me the breaks

Skeptic regression

Odds radio

Dumb and numbers

The Central Tendency

Negatively Skewed

Positively Skewed (readers may just read this a “positively screwed” a nice commentary on our political situation.)

The Shape and Scale of Justice.

Risky Inference

False Precision

Two Significant Figures

How about “Damned Lies”? :-) (As in “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

The Chai Square … where you sit around and talk stats over a nice cuppa

“Nothing, if not critical”

Desdemona: What wouldst thou write of me, if thou shouldst praise me?

Iago: O gentle lady, do not put me to’t; For I am nothing, if not critical.

The Art of the Probable

Model Citizens

A Prior Engagement

The Stat in the Scat

(with apologies to Dr. Seuss.)

known unknowns

Residual

Cited figures

Referenced figures

Quoted figures

Speak, data

Speaking statistically

1 Where it’s stat

2 Politics counts

3 Posterior-view mirror

(Of these I like 1, though it’s not as good as Anon’s “Numbers of The Beast”)

Cynical Data

110% Half Truths

Stat Power

Normal Noise

Min Max and Average

Statistical Fallacies

Really?

False Discoveries

Common Statistics

Statistical Rhetoric

Persuasive Data

“Convince Me”

Slaughterhouse 0.05

The numbers game.

PoliStats

-Statistical Moderator

-Auto Moderator

-Naive Bayes Moderator

-Stat Watchers

-Statistically Insignificant

-PolitiStat

“PolitiStat” (with apologies to PolitiFact) also occurred to me — but I looked it up and found that “politistat” is the Danish word for “police state”. Not sure whether that’s a minus or a plus.

Answers, Stat

Loci-vore

Random Walk Prattle

I also vote for J. Cross’ “Model Citizens”

Posterior ✔️

aCountability (with the Count as mascot)

Beastats

‘The Null Hypothesis’

Data Coroners

(Poli)CSI: Stats

Data Coroners

[Poli]CSI: Data analysis

“Data Driven” –

“Unbiased Estimators” – a bit wonky

“Correlations”

“Behind the Numbers”

“The Best Estimate”

“Above Average”

turning a simple stats term into something that has a second meaning (without too much tongue in your cheek) seems appropriate, like:

Statistical Significance

Significance Testing

Confidence Intervals

Independent Variables

Regressing to the Mean

Testing for Bias

or maybe some statistical non-sequitur like Box and Whisker.

The Weekly Metric

maybe:

The Key Metric(s)

Statosphere or Statasphere

Trendbusters

Dataspeak

Statcallers

Datashack

Oddballs

Calling the odds

Data ninjas

Oh, stats people… In media there is this thing called “high concept,” which has a rather counter intuitive definition. But, the point is, this is going to have to appeal to a wider portion of the distribution of information consumers.

Something like:

“Modern Conditioning”

In order of my preference :

i) Evidently

ii) Drawing Inferences/ Making Inferences

iii) Probably

iv) By All Means

Economist’s (i) suggests Evidentially as a possibility.

Or perhaps “Eventually evidential?” with the question mark included (to express the inevitable uncertainty).

Or how about, “Evidence and Uncertainty”.

Or “Uncertain Evidence”

The Plot Sickens

+1

1. Probable Cause

2. Dirty Data

3. No (Central) Limits

4. Favorable Odds

5. Polimetrics

Good luck, Andy!

The Statistical State

Polistitics/Polimetrics

Convergent Hypotheses

Estimated States

Prior Posteriors

Structure of Interest

Door #3 (named after the Monty Hall problem)

Initially “The Statistical State” sounded good, but then I remembered that the word “statistics” originally referred only to information about states (in the political sense). So that suggests possibilities such as the following:

State-istics

Original Statistics

Polistics (Or perhaps that’s what you meant rather than Polistitics ?)