The Royal Statistical Society celebrated World Statistics Day with a number of activities promoting the benefits of statistics and the importance of statistical literacy.
The Society’s statement (which can be read in full on our main website at www.rss.org.uk/wsd-2015) supporting the UN’s call for a data revolution, now has 45 organisations signed up.
WSD also saw a roomful of MPs from the Labour, Conservative and SNP parties* participate in statistical training. The 45-minute session, run by RSS vice president Jenny Freeman, covered common errors in reporting of stats and dodgy figures used by various politicians during this year’s general election. The RSS will run a further session for MPs’ staff on Thursday 22 October.
World Statistics Day was acknowledged in the press and across social media, with coverage in the Guardian and a special themed issue of Significance magazine. Blogposts from the Royal Society of Biology, David Halpern of the Behavioural Insights Team and New Philanthropy Capital joined hundreds of tweets marking the day with the hashtag #StatsDay2015. The day was even celebrated by soap opera Coronation Street, which tweeted critical statistics about the show through the years, including how many pints were served at the Rovers Return!
RSS members and supporters convened at the Royal Statistical Society in the evening for an informal celebratory reception. Speakers Claire Melamed of the Overseas Development Institute joined national statistician John Pullinger and current RSS president Peter Diggle to raise a glass in celebration of statistics. A packed out event was also held in Edinburgh.
* MPs who took part in our statistical training are as follows: Kirsty Blackman (SNP), Deirdre Brock (SNP), Karen Buck (LAB), Patrick Grady (SNP), Louise Haigh (LAB), Helen Hayes (LAB), Rupa Huq (LAB), Charlotte Leslie (CON), Stuart McDonald (SNP), Tulip Siddiq (LAB), Andy Slaughter (LAB), Andrew Smith (LAB) and Daniel Zeichner (LAB).
Photos from our World Statistics Day reception: