Bill to limit pre-release access proposed in Scottish parliament

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Last month, MSPs in the Scottish parliament voted in favour of a proposed bill to end ‘pre-release access’ (PRA) that ministers and officials currently have to key economic data.

The bill, proposed by the majority of MSPs on the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee back in June, includes proposals to remove PRA from GDP and retail sales statistics, and to reduce the five-day limit - currently applied to other categories of statistics - to just one day. The UK Statistics Authority chair, Sir David Norgrove, backed its plans in a letter to the committee’s convener, Gordon Lindhurst.

Significance magazine: October 2019 issue

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During World War II, more than 2,300 V-1 'flying bombs' fell on London, killing an estimated 5,500 people. Londoners observed at the time that bombs seemed to fall in clusters. But were these apparent clusters the result of targeting or random chance?

In the October 2019 issue of Significance, Liam P Shaw and Luke F Shaw follow in the footsteps of RD Clarke, the actuary who sought to answer this question. While telling Clarke’s story, they recreate his analysis using modern data science tools.

Listen to our 2019 Conference podcasts!

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If you weren't able to attend the RSS 2019 Conference, fear not; over the next few weeks, we'll be giving a flavour of what took place, through a combination of session reports, session footage, photo galleries and podcast interviews with some of the speakers.

We'll be uploading all of the podcast interviews on this page as they are released on our YouTube channel. Keep an eye on this page for new podcasts as they're added, or follow us on Twitter @RoyalStatSoc for alerts of when new podcasts are available.

Scottish local groups gear up for Maths Week Scotland activities

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RSS local groups in Scotland are all planning a number of outreach activities at this year’s Maths Week Scotland, which takes place 30 September – 6 October.

Now in its third year, the initiative celebrates the importance of maths in our everyday lives with several events aimed at engaging with young people. This is the first year that the RSS has made a coordinated contribution towards its success.

RSS and IFoA publish new ethical guidance on data science

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The Royal Statistical Society has partnered with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to publish a practical guide for data science practitioners regarding the ethical use of data science.

The new guide is being launched at a event at RSS HQ on 7 October with RSS President Deborah Ashby, IFoA President John Taylor, Jeni Tennison of the Open Data Institute and Carly Kind of the Ada Lovelace Institute in panel discussion.

RSS 2019 session: 100 since RA Fisher started at Rothamsted

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On behalf of the History of Statistics Section, John Aldrich of the University of Southampton organised a session at the RSS Conference. The session was chaired by the section's committee member, Alison Macfarlane.

In 1919 the agricultural station at Rothamsted recruited Ronald Fisher (1890-1962) to analyse historic data on crop yields. For him, it was the beginning of a spectacular career and for Rothamsted, the beginning of a statistics department which became a force in world statistics. The session considered what the appointment did for Fisher and what Rothamsted did, and goes on doing, for statistics.

RSS 2019 session: Latest developments in network meta-analysis

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Network meta-analysis (NMA) increasingly used in many areas of medical statistics, particularly health technology assessment. Therefore, NMA is a rapidly expanding methodological area of medical statistics, with many methodological challenges still to address.

The RSS conference session, ‘The latest developments in network meta-analysis’ was organised by Joy Leahy (National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, Ireland) and Sarah Nevitt (University of Liverpool).

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