8 million rats in New York? Legend might be flawed

November 6, 2014 6:13 AM

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8 million rats in New York? Legend might be flawed

NEW YORK: For some years, statistics have suggested that New York City was getting safer, cleaner and more expensive. Now there is data to suggest the city may not be home to as many rats as New Yorkers might have thought - or liked to boast about to visitors.

Jonathan Auerbach, a 26-year-old statistician pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University, recently won a competition sponsored by the 180-year-old Royal Statistical Society of London. Auerbach claimed the prize with a paper in which he made the case that there are far fewer rats in the city than al...

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