June 2019 issue of Significance just published!


  • Date: 30 May 2019

The June 2019 issue (16:3) of Significance has just been published.

Included in this issue:

Cover story: Few figures stand taller in the history of statistics than Sir Francis Galton. But can we separate Galton's achievements in statistical science from his views on race and his association with eugenics? Robert Langkjær‐Bain explores the troubling legacy of Francis Galton

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Song lyrics can convey vast amounts of emotion. But quantifying that emotional content is a challenge. Here, Gian Carlo Di‐Luvi attempts a solution, using text mining to determine the net sentiment of Grammy‐winning Albums of the Year

In the third in this series on key moments in the history of statistics, Simon Raper explores the philosophical ideas of Karl Pearson, and his belief that parameters and distributions, not things, are the proper object of scientific study.

When rain stops play in a cricket match, score targets are adjusted using the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method. Twenty years after the original method was first approved for use in the Cricket World Cup, Frank Duckworth, Tony Lewis and Steven Stern recount the history and development of a game‐changing idea

Drug use among homeless young people tends to be higher than drug use among those who are not homeless. Is that because drug use causes homelessness, as is often assumed, or is it the other way around? Duncan McVicar, Julie Moschion and Jan van Ours investigate.

Throughout his career, and until his death in 2016, Ingram Olkin helped to foster new opportunities for women in statistics. His friend and collaborator, Amanda L. Golbeck, trawls through historical documents and more than a thousand emails to tell the story of how this came to be.

And the ‘Ask a Statistician’ section investigates the truth behind Manchester United’s claim to have 100 million followers in China.

Significance magazine has opened its archives for access by the public. The magazine's volumes 1-14 and volume 15 issues 1-3 from 2018 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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