Archives for March 2016

David Spiegelhalter on how to stop being so easily manipulated by misleading statistics

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Few people know the struggle of correcting such lies better than David Spiegelhalter. Since 2007, he has been the Winton professor for the public understanding of risk (though he prefers “statistics” to “risk”) at the University of Cambridge. In a sunlit hotel room in […]

ASA Statisticians issue warning over abuse of p-values

The alleged abuse and misuse of the p-value is contributing to an increasing number of findings thatcannot be reproduced, a statement released by the American Statistical Association (ASA) on March 7, 2016 warned. This statement iterated that the p-value alone cannot determine whether a hypothesis is true or whether results are important. They go ahead […]

A stats boffin the world knew as Mr Martingale

An article about Peter Hall in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald: Peter Hall Statistician 20-11-1951 – 9-1-2016 Dictionaries tell us a martingale is the gambling system of continually doubling the stakes in the hope of an eventual win that must yield a net profit.  The mathematical concept of martingale is an abstraction of a fair gambling […]

Decadal plan for mathematical sciences (2016–2025) launched today

Mid-level maths should be made a pre-requisite for students looking to enrol in science, engineering or commerce degrees according to a new ten-year plan for mathematics in Australia to be launched today by the education minister. Currently only 14 per cent of Australian universities require science students to have studied intermediate mathematics in Year 12. The plan, developed […]

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