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 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).

RSS publishes its new Data Manifesto

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Ahead of any upcoming general election, the Royal Statistical Society has reissued its Data Manifesto - which sets out ten recommendations to the UK government on how it can improve data for the good of society.

The RSS first published a Data Manifesto in September 2014, an update in 2016, and this new version builds upon its core pillars of using data to strengthen democracy and trustworthiness, to aid better policymaking and as a driver of productivity and prosperity. 

RSS 2019 session report: Applications of hidden Markov models in ecology

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Sina Mews (pictured) from Bielefeld University, Rachel McCrea from University of Kent, Richard Glennie from University of St Andrews, and Takis Besbeas from Athens University gathered on 3 September 2019 for an RSS conference session on applications of hidden Markov models (HMMs) in ecology, part of the environmental and spatial statistics stream.

Sina Mews’ work started as an applied project analysing the movements of endangered dolphins along the Scottish coast and lead to her developing a model for multistate capture-recapture data where capture history is a realisation of a HMM. Data collection is irregular, it depends on boat trips occurring. A seasonal pattern of dolphin movement was found, with dolphins spending more time north in summer and more time south in autumn. It was noted that the survival rate is biased if observations assumed to be dead are excluded.

RSS 2019 session on using statistical software to teach statistics

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The newly formed RSS Special Interest Group (SIG) in Teaching Statistics held its first session at the 2019 RSS conference in Belfast.

Simon Harden from the Department of Statistical Science at UCL chaired a panel discussion on 'Weaving statistical software through University teaching and learning'. The discussion kicked-off with the four panellists introducing their thoughts on the use of statistical software in teaching.

RSS 2019: Early Career Writing Award winners' presentations

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The first of the RSS Prize winner’s sessions of RSS conference was a special session in which the three finalists for the Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing 2019 delivered presentations based on their articles.

The winner was 'The flying bomb and the actuary', by Liam Shaw (University of Oxford) and Luke Shaw (Office for National Statistics) and the other two finalists were 'A story about a tiny bot', by Marco Antonio Andrade Barrera (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and Trouble in paradise: polarisation and the popular vote in Switzerland', by Maximilian Aigner (Université de Lausanne).

RSS 2019 session report: Medical statistics – Risk factors

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On 3 September 2019, Ania Zylbersztejn from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Jude Eze from the Epidemiology Research Unit of Scotland’s Rural College, and James Griffin from the Department of Statistics, University of Warwick participated in the Royal Statistical Society conference 2019 session on risk factors.

The session was organised by the Medical Statistics section of the Royal Statistical Society.

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