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Wed, 23/06/2010 - 09:32

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Making Sense of Statistics

Straight Statistics collaborated with Sense about Science to produce a simple guide to numerical and statistical traps, Making Sense of Statistics.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 22/06/2010 - 10:26

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Dodgy counting in the civil service

How many people are employed in the public sector?

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 21/06/2010 - 11:21

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Don’t count the numbers, count the spoons

The bigger a study, the better? That’s an assumption often made. But even studies that knock us out by their sheer size may be wrong.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 09/06/2010 - 09:38

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Eurostat wins new intervention powers

Rearrange the following into a common phrase or saying: horse, stable door, close, bolted.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 02/06/2010 - 11:19

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Are your statistics really necessary?

This week farmers in the UK and Ireland are labouring to complete an agricultural census for the European Union.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 01/06/2010 - 15:20

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Open data: who thought of it first?

David Cameron’s open data policy is intended to make good his promise of government transparency.

Wed, 26/05/2010 - 14:49

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Blackpool Hoopla game exposed

A statistician has provided evidence that helped to convict a Blackpool stallholder of running a game of hoopla that was almost impossible to win, report the

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 29/04/2010 - 08:49

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New statistical guide published today

As the party leaders prepare for their final election debate, Straight Statistics and Sense about Science today publish a guide for the perplexed.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 13/04/2010 - 10:54

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Statistics in the dock

Tomorrow a court in Antwerp is expected to rule that Holland’s worst-ever serial killer is innocent of the charges for which she was jailed for life in 2004.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 07/04/2010 - 10:24

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Errors of omission in Home Office statistical releases

There is still room for improvement in the statistical sophistication of Home Office press releases, but very few are as bad as the notorious “knife crime” release issued on 11 December