Each year, Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society host a competition to promote and encourage top-class writing about statistics. This year’s competition closes on 30 May - so don't forget to submit your entry in time.
It is well known that human health changes with the seasons. Hippocrates, writing 2,500 years ago, observed that ‘In autumn, diseases are most acute, and most mortal, on the whole. The spring is most healthy, and least mortal.’ The ancient tradition of astrology also sometimes attributes health conditions to the season of one’s birth.
In the June 2015 issue of their magazine, Consumer Reports tries to convince me to wear a bicycle helmet. They do not succeed, nor should they. While it may be true that we should all be wearing helmets, nobody should be persuaded by Consumer Reports' statistical arguments, which are so silly as to be laughable.
There has been much wailing and gnashing of blogs since the dismal performance of the pre-election polls. These had confidently and consistently predicted a rough tie in vote share between Labour and Conservative, but when the votes were counted the Conservatives had a 6.5% lead.