Sadly another passenger plane crashed last week - the third in the space of eight days, the Air Algerie flight on July 24, the TransAsia flight in Taiwan on July 23, and Malaysian Airlines in Ukraine on July 17. Does this mean that flying is becoming more dangerous and we should keep off planes? The following analysis may appear cold-hearted, but is not intended to diminish the impact of this tragic loss on the people and families involved.
A recent fascinating post by Analysis at Large got me interested in historical baby naming trends. The original post used Social Security data to map out the most frequent names by state. While this sounded interesting, it turned out that the name Mary dominated the map for all but California and Nevada, where Jennifer was the most frequent name. The male name distribution was more heterogeneous but still not very informative.
From rats and web stats to ethnicity in the NHS - we're delighted to announce a strong line-up of articles in contention for the 2014 Young Statisticians Writing Competition, jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.
102 years on from the sinking of the Titanic, the tragedy that befell the ship, its crew and passengers still has the power to haunt us. A Denver Post blog, published near to the centenary of the disaster, reasoned that the enduring fascination lies in 'a compelling list of "if onlys"' that accompany any discussion of Titanic.