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.
Also this issue:
- Mainstream media are regularly accused of being biased. But are the accusations fair? Siddhartha Dalal, Berkay Adlim and Michael Lesk investigate.
- Would a billion-dollar investment in improved street lighting make Australian roads safer at night? Paul Marchant finds the evidence wanting.
- Will administrative data save government surveys? Jonathan Auerbach and co-authors weigh the pros and cons.
- And, ahead of the American Statistical Association’s 180th birthday and the start of the 2020 US Census, Lynne Billard explores the integral role the ASA has played in shaping, refining and strengthening a central pillar of US democracy.
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