Start Date

30-4-2021 12:00 AM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty Mentor

Naoko Yura Yasui, PhD

Keywords

news, media, social media, data, statistics, audience engagement

Abstract

Due to the pandemic, people have started relying more on televisions, news, social media, and other news outlets for guidance. Moreover, with the increasing amount of news, data, and information there is also an increase in the amount of misleading statistics. People’s opinions and decisions significantly depend on the data, statistics, and information that they are exposed to, as well as their sources. For this project, we want to look at how information and its sources are affecting the decision made by the general public for the usage of the Portland Transit System. It is very important to know why people are or are not using the transit system in this pandemic. This project is designed to investigate how the general population’s decisions to use or not use public transit systems may be affected by data, statistics, and information that they are exposed to, and whether the decisions may correlate with types of sources of news that they rely on, such as television, radio, newspapers, and social media. We are working on a survey where students, faculty members, and staff at USM could participate and answer multiple choice questions. Responses will be analyzed to see which of the answers correlate with each other and how we could use this information to encourage people to use Public Transportation.

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How risk-related statistics, as reported in news and social media, are linked to the use of the public transit system

Due to the pandemic, people have started relying more on televisions, news, social media, and other news outlets for guidance. Moreover, with the increasing amount of news, data, and information there is also an increase in the amount of misleading statistics. People’s opinions and decisions significantly depend on the data, statistics, and information that they are exposed to, as well as their sources. For this project, we want to look at how information and its sources are affecting the decision made by the general public for the usage of the Portland Transit System. It is very important to know why people are or are not using the transit system in this pandemic. This project is designed to investigate how the general population’s decisions to use or not use public transit systems may be affected by data, statistics, and information that they are exposed to, and whether the decisions may correlate with types of sources of news that they rely on, such as television, radio, newspapers, and social media. We are working on a survey where students, faculty members, and staff at USM could participate and answer multiple choice questions. Responses will be analyzed to see which of the answers correlate with each other and how we could use this information to encourage people to use Public Transportation.

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