February 2018 issue of Significance just published!

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 07 February 2018

The February 2018 issue (15:1) of Significance has just been published.

Included in this issue:

Cover story: Why outliers are good for science. Scientific measurements are never perfect, but different teams studying the same phenomena can often produce widely different results. These “outlier” values are the cause of much consternation – but they may also be a sign of healthy scientific progress, says David Bailey.

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Estimating the death toll of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rican authorities report only 64 deaths from Hurricane Maria, the worst storm to hit the island in nearly a century but statistical estimates point to many more victims. By Roberto Rivera and Wolfgang Rolke

Robert Langkjær‐Bain reports on Mario Marazzi's fight to make quality, independent statistics a major priority in Puerto Rico as the island struggles to recover from natural and economic crises.

The Royal Statistical Society's first ‘International Statistic of the Year’  has sparked debate. Norman Fenton and Martin Neil argue against the choice of winner, while Nick Thieme writes in favour.

Digital technology turned the music industry on its head. But the revolution is not yet over. Robert Langkjær-Bain explains how data is changing the way music is created, shared, heard and understood.

Much has been written about the supposed “slowdown” in the rate of global warming between 2001 and 2014. But focusing on this narrow 14-year window ignores the broader story, says Niamh Cahill.

Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to write data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the 2018 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing. The competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), and forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme.

The competition is open to students currently studying for a first degree, master's or PhD in statistics or related subjects, and graduates whose last qualification in statistics or related subjects (whether first degree, master's or PhD) was not more than five years ago.

See here for more details.

Significance magazine has opened its archives for access by the public. The magazine's volumes 1-13 and issue 14:1 from 2017 are available to read, free of charge. Further, all magazine content will be made freely available one year after its initial publication. RSS and ASA members and subscribers will continue to enjoy exclusive access to the latest magazine content.

Significance is a bi-monthly magazine for anyone interested in statistics and the analysis and interpretation of data. Its aim is to communicate and demonstrate in an entertaining, thought provoking and non-technical way the practical use of statistics in all walks of life, and to show informatively and authoritatively how statistics benefit society. It is published on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.

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