Archives for October 2015

Cancer, bacon and misrepresenting statistics

According to the World Health Organisations International Agency for Research on Cancer “The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.”  Bacon may increase your risk of colorectal cancer by a bit, but the Australian Financial Reviews believes that perhaps  the World […]

The Australian Bureau of Statistics needs your help

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) needs up to 29 district managers to oversee Queensland operations in the lead up to, and following, the 2016 Census of population and housing. Head of the 2016 Census Program, Duncan Young said the Census would count close to 10 million dwellings and about 24 million people in Australia […]

Are you ready for World Statistics Day?

20 October 2015 Official statistics help decision makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people. Improved data sources, sound statistical methods, new technologies and strengthened statistical systems enable better decisions that eventually result in better lives for all of us. On 20 October 2015, the global statistical community will showcase their achievements and their […]

Former ABS head Bill McLennan says employment data ‘not worth paper they’re written on’

Last week Jacob Greber’s of the Australian Financial Review published an article on former ABS head Bill McLennan’s scathing attack on the ABS’ methods of collecting employment data. McLennan has accused the ABS of badly bungling the way it collects and analyses its monthly employment survey and said parts of it should be dumped immediately […]

ABS still a ministerial orphan

The Turnbull government still hasn’t finalised who will ultimately have political responsibility for the ABS. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has become a ministerial orphan under the Turnbull government, which still hasn’t finalised who will ultimately have political responsibility for the troubled organisation. While the bureau will be broadly under the purview of Treasurer Scott […]

SEMINAR: Dr. Ryan Hafen – Purdue University – Visualisation of large complex data with Trelliscope

Date:  Wednesday, 14 October 2015 Time: 6:00pm – 6.30pm: Refreshments 6:30pm – 7.30pm: Lecture 7:45pm – onward: Dinner Venue: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 373, Level 3, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney. Dr. Ryan HafenPurdue University Visualisation of large complex data with Trelliscope Trelliscope is an R-based tool for detailed, flexible, interactive visualization of large complex data.  Trelliscope is […]

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