RSS 2019 session: 100 since RA Fisher started at Rothamsted

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On behalf of the History of Statistics Section, John Aldrich of the University of Southampton organised a session at the RSS Conference. The session was chaired by the section's committee member, Alison Macfarlane.

In 1919 the agricultural station at Rothamsted recruited Ronald Fisher (1890-1962) to analyse historic data on crop yields. For him, it was the beginning of a spectacular career and for Rothamsted, the beginning of a statistics department which became a force in world statistics. The session considered what the appointment did for Fisher and what Rothamsted did, and goes on doing, for statistics.

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. 

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 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).

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