In last week’s Gold Cup semi-final between Mexico and Panama, Mexico escaped with a 2-1 extra-time victory. Like many recent CONCACAF games, a few referee judgment calls more or less decided the outcome. This game included an early red card to a Panama player, and a late penalty kick awarded to Mexico.
When the government says times are tough and cuts have to be made, we expect public opinion to swing in favour of higher taxes to prop up public spending on essentials like healthcare and welfare. In the last major recession in the early 1990s, the British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) tracked some fairly dramatic shifts in public opinion - concern for the unemployed shot up, as did support for ‘tax and spend’.
It's been another year of strong submissions for the Young Statisticians Writing Competition - our annual contest organised in partnership with the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society. Judging took place last month, which means we're now ready to announce the competition finalists.
The UK is currently experiencing climbing property prices and a growing housing demand coupled with a shortage of new supply. A microcosm of these problems can be found in London, which shows the strain being placed on the make-up of the city’s housing market.
Statisticians swear by R. The programming language is described by Tal Galili of the R-Statistics blog as 'a de facto standard for… statistical software development and data analysis'. But one R user is hoping to make a game out of it. Nathan Uyttendaele, a statistician and PhD student at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, is the brains behind DotCity, which could well be the first videogame to be built (at least in part) by using R.