A statistician’s guide to coronavirus numbers

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Our Statistical Ambassadors have collated an essential guide for understanding statistics about COVID-19. Here, they list definitions, things to look out for, and what you should do about the numbers you are seeing.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, you will hear or read about many different numbers. The Royal Statistical Society exists to help the public better understand statistics. We have prepared this short guide to help you at this difficult and uncertain time.

Volunteering with AIMS: The volunteer and the student

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Last year, RSS fellow Julia Mortera volunteered at AIMS Cameroon as a course lecturer. Here, she recounts her experiences at the Centre, and also describes how one of its particularly talented students, has progressed since studying the course.

The AIMS volunteer

The RSS Data Manifesto: Statistics training for policymakers

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The RSS Data Manifesto sets out ten recommendations to the UK government on how it can improve data for the good of society.

Former RSS president David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, explains why we need more data-savvy policymakers, as we call for in recommendation number 3: Champion basic training in data handling and statistics for politicians, policymakers and other professionals working in public services.

RSS Christmas Quiz 2019: Can you crack this year's puzzles?

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For the last 26 years, the Royal Statistical Society has published a diabolically difficult Christmas quiz to entertain puzzle fans during the festive break.

Cracking this year’s challenge, devised by Dr Tim Paulden, will require a mixture of general knowledge, logic, and lateral thinking - but, as usual, no specialist mathematical knowledge is needed.

NB: The deadline for entries has closed. We'll publish the solutions on StatsLife shortly.

RSS Christmas Quiz 2019: How many puzzles did you solve?

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In December, we published the 2019 edition of the Royal Statistical Society’s Christmas Quiz - a diabolically tough collection of puzzles devised by Dr Tim Paulden. How many did you manage to crack?

(If you would like to take another look at the quiz before seeing the solutions, the questions are still available on this page.)

The do's and don'ts of starting a data science team

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Last week, the Prime Minister's chief strategic adviser - Dominic Cummings - wrote a blog which attracted a huge amount of media attention. He called for a radical new approach to civil service recruitment - suggesting that data scientists (among others) should play increasingly important roles.

But while they were top of Cummings' list, it was his call, later on, for more 'weirdos' in Whitehall which really caught the media's imagination.

Here, our Data Science Section responds by outlining some do's and don'ts when building a data science team.

My year as a William Guy Lecturer: An interview with Lee Fawcett

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We caught up with Dr Lee Fawcett, a senior lecturer in statistics at Newcastle University, about his year as William Guy Lecturer, whose lecture 'The Storm of the Century!' has been delivered to more than 1,500 students, parents and teachers in the UK and abroad.

The RSS William Guy Lecturer is a prestigious volunteer role at the Society, which recognises fellows with a successful track record in undertaking school outreach activities.

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