Statistics

The Colour of Money

simon baldwin | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

Magi Monday? Camel Tuesday? No ... Wise Wednesday. A day when you buy gifts in person ... to be delivered in person. Price does matter, but not as much as the act of giving. So Merry Christmas ... and I hope it's a white one.

Sofa Surfing Is a Huge Problem for Our Young People - Now We Must Act

Paul Noblet | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

How can you begin to tackle a problem that you know exists but about the scale of which there are no official figures? This is the problem facing charities and the government when it comes to supporting the thousands of under-25s who have sofa surfed over the past 12 months.

Fake Recovery Continues - Two-Thirds of Jobs Created Since 2008 Are Self-Employed, and Earnings Fall Sharply

Nick Stephenson | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.

Seven Shocking Health Statistics

Realbuzz.com | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

One in 10 parents in Britain believe that drinking cola counts towards their five recommended portions of fruit and veg. Not only that, one in 10 of those surveyed also believed that chips contributed to the five-a-day health campaign, while one in five thought that fruit-flavoured sweets counted towards this target.

More Unemployed Misery as Falling Wages and Self-Employment Woes Hit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

What Did the World Cup Do for Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Some stories are best told with visualisation... They aren't flashy; they are simple and designed to convey key information quickly... The amount of data being generated by the World Cup lets us explore anything.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup: Copa das Copas - A Success Story

Vicente Neto | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Sport
Vicente Neto

Even before the final figures have been confirmed, it is already clear that the 2014 World Cup played in Brazil was a success... Despite Brazil missing out on the title, the success of the competition has been sufficient for FIFA to consider bringing another World Cup to South America.

Migration Figures Could Be Wrong By 50,000 - It's Time to Reintroduce Exit Checks

Adam Afriyie | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Time and time again, the public has stressed to the political establishment that immigration is an issue that must be taken seriously. We can only claim to take it seriously when we collect proper migration data in earnest. People on all sides of the debate can agree that Britain and its people deserve better migration data.

Lies, Lies and Damn Statistics and How to Remember the Dead

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Lies, lies and damn statistics That expression of 'lies, lies and damn statistics', always makes me laugh. I spent many long years huddled in dark roo...

11 Tech-Related World Cup Facts The Planet Probably Didn't Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech

The World Cup 2014 is officially here. Yes, that special quadrennial festival has arrived, where the world’s richest group of shorts-wearing men wil...

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

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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 13.05.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 29.04.2014 | 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.