Category Archives: Statistics

‘Definitive and final ranking’ calls Maine better than all but one other U.S. state

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

You’ve seen tons of state-by-state rankings out there, judging all of America’s states by their beer, coffee, night lives, farmers markets, restaurants, you name it. Well, lifestyle website decided this week to determine, for once and for all, which states are the best and which ones are the worst. Like, overall. Thrillist calls it […]

Mainers have the shortest workdays in the country. But we’re not couch potatoes, study finds

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The real estate blog Estately, in a data analysis subsequently picked up by the Washington Post, ran the numbers to determine the most and least “lazy” states in America. A study on “couch potato” populations, as both outlets coined it, is on its face somewhat subjective, but Estately’s Ryan Nickum gives it his best shot, […]

Science has developed the perfect road trip: Here’s where it stops in Maine

Falmouth town officials view a map of Route One in this 2013 file photo. (The Forecaster file photo)

Earlier this year, Tracy Staedter of Discovery News asked Michigan State University doctoral candidate Randal Olson to use science and mathematics to derive the perfect American road trip. Olson had previously garnered some attention by computing the most efficient way to find Waldo in those “Where’s Waldo?” activity books, charting all the locations where the […]