June 2018 issue of Significance just published!

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 04 June 2018

The June 2018 issue (15:3) of Significance has just been published.

Included in this issue:

Cover story: Where the seeds of modern science were sown. This year marks the 175th anniversary of an agricultural research institute, where figures including Ronald Fisher laid the foundations of modern statistics. Robert Langkjær‐Bain steps inside the past, present and future of Rothamsted Research.

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Two years ago, Dmitry Kobak, Sergey Shpilkin and Maxim S. Pshenichnikov uncovered anomalies in Russia's election data. Following President Vladimir Putin's re‐election in March this year, they take a fresh look at two new sets of data – but find much the same story within.

As nations race for dominance in the field of artificial intelligence, Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe consider the implications for statistics and statisticians in the AI spring of 2018.

Brian Tarran investigates what we can learn from the Facebook—Cambridge Analytica scandal and, as the data‐based political consulting firm shuts its doors, gets the statisticians’ perspective on the story and its impact.

There is little point in producing statistics if people fail to read or hear about them, writes Hannah Thomas in Five things I've learned… How to communicate statistics. Here Hannah shares her advice from her award-winning paper, ‘The Dissemination Game’.

In a special article to mark the two‐year anniversary of the Brexit vote, pollsters Sir Robert Worcester, Roger Mortimore, Paul Baines and Mark Gill explain how people voted in the 2016 referendum and whether differential turnout affected the final outcome. In the Q&A that follows the authors reflect on the results of recent public opinion surveys and consider what has changed in the past 24 months.

While national soccer teams compete this June to win the World Cup, analysts will be crunching data behind the scenes to pursue an advantage. Luke Bornn, Dan Cervone and Javier Fernandez explore the evolution of soccer analytics and unravel the complexity of “the beautiful game”.


Significance magazine has opened its archives for access by the public. The magazine's volumes 1-13 and volume 14 issues 1-3 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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