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Glasgow local group meeting: David Spiegelhalter's Trust in Numbers

Written by Kate Pyper on . Posted in Sections and local group meeting reports

On 29 January 2018, the RSS Glasgow local group hosted current RSS president Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter. The event began with an invited lunch where early career researchers had the opportunity to come and meet Sir David before the seminar.

The main seminar was well attended with around 80 audience members. Sir David gave an entertaining talk entitled Trust in Numbers, where he discussed statistics in the media. He gave examples of how numbers and scientific articles can be manipulated in order to get a big headline. He also gave an insight into how trust is earned, and how organisations might gain the trust of the public by presenting accessible, useable and assessable evidence. Sir David emphasised the importance of the statistics community in challenging the misuse of numbers.

David's talk, Trust in Numbers, can be read and/or watched in full on our Presidential Address page.

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