December 2019 issue of Significance just published!


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 22 November 2019

The December 2019 issue (16:6) of Significance has just been published.

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Cover story: Changes to the earth's climate brought on by global warming are leading to an increase in extreme weather events. Lee Fawcett explains how extreme value theory helps statisticians better anticipate the severity and likelihood of these events.

Bilal Mateen and Raphael Sonabend are searching for Santa Claus, armed only with a statistical model to predict ear size based on age. The plan sounds ridiculous, but there's a serious lesson here about the limits of predictive models.

Data visualisation can be illuminating, informative and beautiful. But also seductive, superficial and downright dishonest. Alberto Cairo's latest book explains why. Robert Langkjær‐Bain spoke to him about How Charts Lie.

Official statistics, such as the unemployment rate, can tell us much about the society we live in. But the public need a greater understanding of how these statistics are put together, what they count, and why, says Chaitra H. Nagaraja.

In education, randomised controlled trials have been used to evaluate interventions for 100 years (or thereabouts). But, though great in number, their influence is limited. Why is this? Brian Tarran listens in as experts debate.

In his new book, Do Dice Play God?, the mathematician Ian Stewart explores our evolving awareness, understanding and quantification of the things we do and do not know.

Significance magazine has opened its archives for access by the public. The magazine's volumes 1-15 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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