The RSS has just launched ‘Statistic of the Year’ - a new initiative which seeks public suggestions on the statistic which best captures 2017.
Much like the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘Word of the Year’ competition, the RSS is looking for something that captures the zeitgeist of the year so far.
In the aftermath of the EU referendum, much was said about misleading statistics. The RSS wants to turn to the positive use of statistics and how they tell us so much about all that surrounds us.
The Statistic of the Year judging panel will be chaired by our president, Sir David Spiegelhalter. 'As a statistician, I hear the cliché "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" rolled out time and time again,' he says. 'With Statistic of the Year, we want to show the real importance of statistics in shining a light on today’s most pressing issues. We’re really looking forward to receiving some fascinating nominations.'
The other members of the judging panel are:
- Mark Easton (BBC home editor)
- Dr Liberty Vittert (University of Glasgow)
- Mona Chalabi (Guardian US)
- Dame Jil Matheson (former National Statistician)
- Professor Diane Coyle (University of Manchester)
- Ben Page (chief executive, Ipsos MORI)
For details on the competition’s criteria, and how to nominate your chosen statistic, please refer to: www.rss.org.uk/statoftheyear. The deadline for nominations is 23 November 2017. The winning statistic will be unveiled in December.
Follow the hashtag #statoftheyear on Twitter for updates.