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.

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.

The RSS Data Manifesto: Involving the public in how data is used

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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.

Reema Patel, head of public engagement at the Ada Lovelace Institute, explains why recommendation number 7: Involve the public in shaping the conversation about how data is used, is important.

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.

The RSS Data Manifesto: Countering misinformation

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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.

Will Moy, chief executive of fact checking organisation Full Fact, explains how we might address recommendation number 8: Misinformation needs countering.

A year in the life of an RSS statistical ambassador

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In June 2018, Anthony Masters was selected to be a statistical ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society. Here he describes what work he's undertaken in the role so far.

The misunderstanding of statistics can have dire consequences, such as: people under-estimating savings needed for retirement, the mis-evaluation of assets during the 2008 financial crisis, and imprisonments based on faulty interpretation of probabilities.

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