This article from the New York Times about grilock in New York is from two nights ago, but I think it’s worth a glance.  The article is a great look at how slowly cars move.  I especially like the line, “Weekday traffic in the district moved at an average of 9.5 miles per hour — about the speed of a farmyard chicken at full gallop.”

This goes to show how we often misperceive reality regardless of the underlying data.  I know there have been plenty of times that I felt I made much faster progress during midday traffic, but the numbers don’t lie.

I wonder if they account for the different driving patterns between taxis and private cars and if that would make a difference.  I wish the Times had posted a link to the original study so I could see the methods they used.  I would guess they use spatial statistics that can track autocorrelation in time and space and there is a lot of power in those kind of tools.

I’ve decided to use this space to talk about math, statistics and science applied to everyday things in new or interesting ways.

This will not be an overly technical blog, though I will make the hard science behind the posts available when possible.  The point is to make science accessible and fun and see how it affects our everyday lives.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I will strive to make it as good and enjoyable as can be.