Statistics

Player Focus: England Should Progress Without 'Archetypal Striker' Carroll

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

Carroll is indeed a typical English number nine. But England have failed at every tournament since 1966 and will continue to do so unless they adapt to the constantly evolving nature of the modern, foreign-dominated game.

United vs Liverpool: The Statistical Breakdown

Nicolas Berg | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Sport
Nicolas Berg

How do the two greats compare statistics-wise? Despite United had to replace arguably the greatest manager in history of British football and Liverp...

Dealing With Our Data

Judi Sutherland | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Judi Sutherland

I think many of us have been shocked at the recent disclosures about NHS data - our health data - being sold to insurance companies for a couple of thousand pounds, and as we now know, thanks to the work done by GP / MP Sarah Wollaston, being uploaded on to Google servers by PA Consulting.

NHS Death Rate Statistic Should Not Be Ignored - But Do Not Tell the Whole Picture

Suzanne Trask | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Suzanne Trask

The credibility of the hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR) as a method to measure the performance of NHS hospitals has come under attack.

The Best Young Full-Backs in Ligue 1

Ben McAleer | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

The modern day full-back is tasked with pressing forward and overlapping the attack-minded players as a means of providing an offensive outlet to his team, but also having the fitness levels to return to their starting position to perform defensive duties. Mathieu Debuchy and Ricardo Rodriguez, of Newcastle and Woflsburg respectively, have exhibited these qualities this season and are two prime examples of how a right or left-back should operate.

Stars, Stats, Smiles and Squeezes

Elaine Miller | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Elaine Miller

The best feedback I can have are smiles - and I have learned that standing on the upper stage on the Royal Mile and yelling about incontinence at the people passing by makes them smile. Though, some of them may have been grimacing.

A Nation of Animal Lovers? So Why Is Animal Testing on the Rise?

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Jasmijn de Boo

On 16 July, the Home Office released statistics regarding the types of 4.11 million scientific procedures on other animals used in 2012, which again show an increase compared to 2011 figures. The Vegan Society is deeply worried about this trend and the assumed effectiveness of animal research that exists among many scientists and parliamentarians.

British People Are Wrong About Everything: Here's Why

The Conversation UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

By Bobby Duffy, King's College London People are wildly wrong when we ask them about many aspects of life in Britain, as shown in a new survey b...

The Perils of Perception

Bobby Duffy | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Bobby Duffy

People are wildly wrong when we ask them about many aspects of life in Britain, as highlighted in a new survey by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King's College London.

Bolting for the Door

Elaine Benton | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Sadly many spouses or partners faced suddenly with the realisation that their loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, bolt for the door. Unfortunately statistics show that women are more likely to stick around due to our maternal nurturing instincts. Sorry guys, no disrespect meant to the male population, this is simply fact.

On Terrorist Probabilities

Chris Dillow | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK
Chris Dillow

The prevalence of violent people in Scotland is 13.6 times that of terrorists among Muslims. In fact, this is an understatement. A Scotsman who has committed a violent crime is more likely to be out of prison than a Muslim terrorist, either because he's more likely to have gotten away with his crime or because he's more likely to have finished his sentence.

Cancer Risk Increase in Under-50s

Danielle Lowe | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The rise is being put down to women taking the pill and having children later, though there are likely to be other factors contributing as well. Organisations are stressing for women not to worry about these figures, and for them just to keep checking their breasts for any differences in feel, size and pain. However it is not necessarily those things that will cause the most worry. instead, it is likely to be a bigger worry to younger people again.

Crime Is Falling - But Have We Noticed?

Simon Atkinson | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Atkinson

What does appear to be clear beyond reasonable doubt is that crime in this country is falling. It's falling in some other countries too, but the decline is particularly marked in Britain. Crime in England and Wales has halved since the 1990s, including an 8% fall in a single year.

Book Review: 'Math On Trial' by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Math On Trial is a study of several criminal cases where flaws in mathematical and statistical calculations and their analysis led to incorrect verdicts of guilt or innocence. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.

One Billion Rising - Story of a Deaf Woman's Experience of Domestic Violence

Mary Griffiths Clarke | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Mary Griffiths Clarke

As part of my series of short films for the One Billion Rising campaign, 'Sarah', tells the story of a deaf woman's experience of domestic violence.

Playing Climate Games with Nature for Keeps

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

The seed of this game came from the fact that the Kyoto protocol recently expired with nothing to replace it. Basically CO2 emissions are going up and up and collectively not much is happening to bring them down. We'd like to think that reality works the way we'd imagine it should but it doesn't always.

Abusing Trust With Dodgy Child Abuse Statistics

Dave Clements | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Clements

By massively overstating the problem of child abuse they are already undermining our relationships with each other and with the institutions in which we might once have invested our trust.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Marcus Middleton | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK
Marcus Middleton

Just because a number sounds plausible, it doesn't mean that it is accurate. So for young players, if you see it, don't repeat it. Never reference an article, broadcast, or news package without citing the source first. Find the raw data and if you can't find it, you shouldn't use it because it probably doesn't exist.

FourSquare Loves Pubs

Mark J Daniels | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Tech
Mark J Daniels

So, pub goers: start using FourSquare, checking in at your favourite pubs to let them know you're there, and to get your badge! And publicans, make sure your customers have got an offer on hand to get themselves that badge...

One Hat Two Hat White Hat Blue Hat

Asher Treleaven | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Asher Treleaven

This year I will perform 49 one hour comedy shows and an estimated 18 45 minute outdoor street performances (weather permitting.) I'll sleep for approximately 135 hours in total over the month; I'll drink about 2,200ml of single malt scotch whiskey and 16L of beer. It will cost me an estimated £8,000; I'll lose approximately £1000 and put on 2 to 3 kilos of weight.

How to Create a Data-Driven Workforce

Raconteur Media | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Tech
Raconteur Media

Handling big data may be a daunting prospect, but Kate Bassett has some useful tips for getting the most out of astronomical amounts of information.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Screening: The Five-Year Survival Fallacy

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK
Dr Layla McCay

When it comes to screening, it's not a bad idea to look before you leap. Don't fall for the old lead time bias, or the description of the test being initially 'simple' - ask how having screening affects the mortality rate, weigh up the pros and cons, and make up your own mind.

We're Making Heart Attack Progress, But We Can't Stop Now

Professor Peter Weissberg | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Peter Weissberg

New heart statistics published this week are a welcome reminder of how far we've come in the past decade. Between 2002 and 2010, the proportion of people in the UK who die from a heart attack each year has more than halved.

Born, Lived and Died - But Counted or Not?

Peter Byass | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

Figures on births, lives and deaths are technically known as "vital statistics" - literally meaning statistics about life. But they are also vital in another sense - planners of health care and other services desperately need to know about the populations they are trying to serve, rather than relying on guesses and assumptions.