New issue of Significance Magazine


  • Date: 11 Oct 2012

The October issue of Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association has just been published.

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This issue covers a diverse range of topics, from films to football.

In “Picturing the pictures”, Mike Baxter discusses his new discovery, cinemetrics, the statistical analysis of cinematic data. Inspired, Mike applied the statistical analysis of film style to some of his favourite movies. Sticking with this theme, Julian Champkin looks at a visualisation of the biggest movies of 2008.

Douglas VanDerWerken wonders whether his vote will count in the next US presidential election, concluding that if he stays in North Carolina, and if its population and voter preferences remain the same, his vote would swing an election once in ten million years. Meanwhile, James Cochran and David Curry have considered how to create an optimal candidate for the US Presidency by looking at which combination of policies would win the most votes in their article “Frankenstein for President”.

Towards the end of the issue, Allan Brimicombe and Rebecca Café investigate whether cases of domestic violence increased during the 2010 World Cup, in an attempt to test the validity of an analysis carried out by the Home Office on 2006 data.

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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