Studies of vulnerable populations get a 'bootstrapped' boost from statisticians

Credit: University of Washington A hallmark of good government is policies which lift up vulnerable or neglected populations. But crafting effective policy requires sound knowledge of vulnerable groups. And that is a daunting task since these populations—which include undocumented immigrants, homeless people or drug users—are usually hidden in the margins thanks to cultural taboos, murky…

Making teeming masses predictable

Once every three years, millions of Hindus gather for the Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious festival in the world. This spring, 60 to 80 million pilgrims travelled to the banks of the Shipra river, at the holy city of Ujjain, in central India. On the busiest days, as many as 60 million people were moving…

Making teeming masses predictable

Once every three years, millions of Hindus gather for the Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious festival in the world. This spring, 60 to 80 million pilgrims travelled to the banks of the Shipra river, at the holy city of Ujjain, in central India. On the busiest days, as many as 60 million people were moving…