RSS identifies challenges ahead for government statistics in inquiry

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The Society’s National Statistics Advisory Group has contributed ideas on how to improve UK's statistical system going forward, in a consultation response to a government select committee.

The Society contributed to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) inquiry on the governance of statistics, both via a written consultation response (PDF) and in person when our executive director Hetan Shah (pictured) gave evidence to the committee on February 5 2019, along with RSS vice president Guy Nason (in his capacity as professor of statistics at the University of Bristol).

Environmental flavour to RSS 2019 Honours list

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The Royal Statistical Society’s Honours list for 2019 has a distinctly environmental theme as it announces this year's recipients. 

RSS’s President Professor Deborah Ashby commented: 'The winners are all outstanding statisticians of different ages from around the world truly reflecting the Society’s very diverse membership.

C Oswald George prize 2018: Announcement

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The article 'Teaching statistics through the law' by KJ Byun and John S Croucher has been awarded the C Oswald George prize for 2018. 

Although the prosecutor’s fallacy and the famous People vs Collins case have long been used as examples in teaching conditional probability and Bayes theorem, this article introduces new contexts and discussion points, and emphasizes the extent of rich authentic material for developing statistical and probabilistic concepts in complex real situations.

RSS contributes to UCL inquiry into history of eugenics

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RSS president Deborah Ashby has written to University College London regarding an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics.

The inquiry, chaired by Leeds law professor Iyiola Solanke, has asked for recommendations regarding current spaces and buildings named after prominent eugenicists – in particular the Victorian scientist Francis Galton.

Peter Mueller to be keynote speaker at RSS 2019 Conference

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The organisers of this year’s RSS International Conference have announced that Peter Mueller will give the Methods & Theory keynote talk in Belfast this September.

Peter is a professor in the Department of Statistics and Data Science and Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

RSS responds to Lords report on ‘Measuring Inflation’

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The RSS welcomes the key conclusion in the ‘Measuring Inflation’ report from the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee that resources should be put into fixing the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and has set out its response in a statement (PDF). The Society provided technical advice and gave evidence to the Committee during its inquiry.

The report has called for shortcomings in the calculation of the RPI to be addressed and for an end to successive governments' practice of so-called ‘inflation shopping’.

RSS member referral scheme latest winners

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The latest winners of the member referral scheme have been announced: they are Dr Tiziano De Angelis (pictured above) and Dr Codina Cotar (pictured below).

Codina is a reader in probability at the Statistical Science Department at University College London. Her research interests are in using probability, analysis and statistics tools to advance understanding of key open problems in physics, in particular to electronic structure of matter and to material science. She is also interested in reinforced processes, which is a class of probability models with applications to random networks, reinforced learning and Bayesian statistics. In her free time, Codina enjoys designing hats.

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