How statisticians uncovered the world’s missing migrants

The Washington Post – By Ana Swanson March 16 at 2:13 PM Estimating the true number of migrants that move around the world each year is a difficult task — some people cross borders illegally, and recording and enforcement standards vary a lot by country. As a result, data on international migration is often incomplete. […]

Slides from Prof Thomas Lumley Talk 2015

Slides of the  H. O. Lancaster Lecture, March 2015, by Prof Thomas Lumley Data Science:  Will computer science and informatics eat our lunch? (

New possibilities for the treatment of breast cancer arise, with the help of mathematics

Researchers of three of Switzerland’s leading scientific institutions have brought to light a means of reprogramming a flawed immune response into an efficient anti-tumoral one by the results of a translational trial relating to breast cancer.  Thanks to the innovative combination of mathematical modelisation and experimentation, only 20 tests were necessary, whereas traditional experimentation would […]

At White House, Commerce Department, Growing Concern About Cuts to Statistics

An article from the Wall Street Journal, 13-03-2015   At White House, Commerce Department, Growing Concern About Cuts to Statistic By Josh Zumbrun Officials at the White House and Commerce Department are publicly expressing worries that economic statistics surveys—in particular a critical survey at the Census Bureau known as the American Community Survey—face a growing risk of cuts. “The […]

Advances in statistical science mean we only need a census every 10 years

From The Age, 28 February 2015 Read more: What’s the difference between a census – a full count – and a sample survey? The census will always be superior, right? Not really. With talk that the Bureau of Statistics and the government are considering changing our census of population and housing from five-yearly to […]

The George Institute currently recruiting volunteers to take part in Study on food nutrition labels

The George Institute for Global Health based at The University of Sydney is currently recruiting volunteers to take part in a new Study on food nutrition labels. In this study we are comparing labels that display nutrition information in different ways. The aim is to find out which type of label is best at helping […]

‘Project Archer': Govt’s plan to save the ABS

The Abbott government’s rescue plan for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, including a takeover by the bureau of the nation’s health statistics agency, is set to be in place by July. There will also be $250 million for the ABS to upgrade its systems, a “surveying centre of excellence” established, probably in Geelong, and a […]

Axe the 2016 Census? You’ve got to be kidding!

by Glenn – The Census Expert · February 24, 2015 Canada have done it, with terrible results. The UK have threatened to do it and then gone back. Now it’s Australia’s turn, apparently. The government and ABS is refusing to confirm whether the 2016 Census will go ahead as planned, and is considering options for […]

The Automatic Statistician

An article from the MIT Technology Review Automating the Data Scientists Software that can discover patterns in data and write a report on its findings could make it easier for companies to analyze it. By Tom Simonite on February 13, 2015 Why It Matters Many organizations have more data than they’re able to interpret. Whether […]

What to look for in 2015; new science prizes; and how to sell your science

Tell us what to look for in 2015; new science prizes; and how to sell your science   A message from Niall Byrne, Creative Director,  Science in Public: Please tell me what the world’s top science reporters should look out for from Australia in 2015. We’re at the AAAS in San Jose this week, wining […]