Ensuring the veracity of stats at the BBC: an interview with Anthony Reuben

Written by Oz Flanagan on . Posted in Features-OLD

Recent years have seen an encouraging amount of attention being paid to statistical accuracy in the media. This is not only because journalists can find meaty stories in catching a politician or organisation out with inaccurate figures. The increased amount of scrutiny in a changing media environment also means journalists themselves are under increasing pressure to get their facts and figures correct.

Keeping political and media facts honest: a Q&A with Will Moy

Written by Oz Flanagan on . Posted in Features-OLD

It's impressive how quickly Full Fact has gone from its launch in 2010 as a small fact checking body to today, where it holds a long record of eliciting major corrections and clarifications. No longer can pressure groups, politicians or journalists get away with erroneous declarations when outlets such as Full Fact are able to flag up inaccurate claims and scrutinise them on a daily basis.

The Improbability Principle: why incredibly unlikely things keep happening

Written by David Hand on . Posted in Features-OLD

David Hand, a former RSS President, has written a new book that asks the question: why do rare and improbable events continually happen in our world? He takes a statistician's knowledge of probability and seeks to answer the puzzle that exists in every walk of life. Here is a brief synopsis of what he set out to explain in 'The Improbability Principle'.

Championing maths and statistics: a Q&A with Sir Adrian Smith

Written by Oz Flanagan on . Posted in Features-OLD

Adrian Smith has spent his career at both the highest levels of academia and advising government, giving him a valuable insight into how the lessons learned in academic statistics can be translated into meaningful education policy.

His academic career reads like a roll call of some of England’s finest mathematics universities. From his student days at Cambridge University and University College London, through to his academic posts at Nottingham University, Oxford University and Imperial College. He then went on to become Principal of Queen Mary University and since September of 2012 he has held his current post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.

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