Barbara, "The Practical Statistician," enjoys applying practical statistics along with a wealth of knowledge about Polk data to design workable solutions. Polk is a great place for her since there’s always plenty of data for her to work with in her role as Analtyic Consultant. In addition to her love of data, she loves animals and has way too many cats, a huge golden retriever and a horse. When she's not riding her horse, she likes to make baby quilts. She's also known for making the best chocolate chip cookies in the world, or at least at Polk. If she weren’t dealing with data at Polk, she'd be running a free spay/neuter clinic for cats.
The news that Mazda is recalling certain Mazda6 vehicles because a type of spider likes to take up residence in the fuel system first had me checking to make sure that today is not April 1, 'cause it sure sounded like an April Fool's prank.Then I had a good laugh remembering my own experiences with "guests" taking up residence in my engine. Too many years ago, I was a graduate student living in a tiny apartment and driving a Plymouth Reliant. I had an assigned parking spot at the edge of...Read More »
As a confirmed geek, the three-part Jeopardy challenge with champion human players competing against IBM's computer Watson was "must-see TV." In grossly simplified terms, Watson uses algorithms that compare the words and phrases in the Jeopardy clue to a mass of stored documents and looks for strength of association between the clue and external words and phrases. The stronger the association, the more likely that external word or phrase is the right answer. Watson was programmed only to answer...Read More »
If you could increase the fuel efficiency of just one vehicle
segment by 10%, which segment would you choose?
The table below shows the number of vehicles bought new in each macro segment in the last 12 months (personal registrations only), along with a SWAG at the average mpg for that segment:
Personal Registrations, Last 12 Months
|Vehicle Segment||Count||Est. MPG|
|Mini Sport Utility||969,620||22|
Hello, my name is Barbara and I drive a station wagon.
Yes, it's true, I’m so completely uncool that I drive a station wagon. My current wagon is a 2004 Focus, before that I drove a 1998 Escort wagon. I even have a Plymouth (un)Reliant wagon in my past.
I choose compact wagons because they satisfy my twin needs for good gas mileage and for more cargo capacity than a sedan or hatchback would provide. The price difference between a compact wagon and the smallest utility vehicle is a concern, too....Read More »
Picture yourself driving a vehicle. The details of your vehicle will differ from person to person depending on the types of vehicles you own (or desire). But certain things are common. If you're driving in the U.S., you're sitting in the front left corner of the passenger cabin (aka, the driver's seat). You have one or both hands on a steering wheel. There is a gear shift, either on the steering wheel or the floor. The brake pedal is on the left and the accelerator is on the right.
Does it have...Read More »