Just published – the April 2013 issue of Significance magazine


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 01 May 2013

This issue covers topics as diverse as agriculture and archaeology through to football, the provision of child day care and alcohol pricing.

In his article, “Pompeii, tombs and drinking habits”, Mike Baxter, Emeritus Professor at Nottingham Trent University, describes how statistics and mathematics can be applied (perhaps surprisingly) to archaeology through “archaeostatistics” or “quantitative archaeology”.

Mark Tyrer and John P. Sykes discuss the statistics of the rare earth elements industry in light of Barack Obama’s announcement in March 2012 that the USA would be joining a World Trade Organisation (WTO) case regarding China’s apparent abuse of the market. Tyrer and Sykes look at the statistics to decipher why these elements are so important, and the likely outcome of the WTO case.

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Margaret Oliver, from the Soil Research Centre at the University of Reading, writes about precision agriculture, using technology and statistics to identify and manage variation within farmed fields to maximise profitability, sustainability and protection of the environment.

John C. Duffy asks whether the claimed benefits associated with the UK government’s potential implementation of a minimum pricing for alcohol are real or illusory in his article “The price of a drink – too exactly?”.

Read the Statistics Without Borders (SWB, an outreach of the American Statistical Association) team’s account of a project they worked on following the Haitian earthquake in January 2010. In the article, “Haiti after the earthquake”, the team explain the importance of data collection in the aftermath of such a natural disaster, and how SWB assisted in the assessment of post-earthquake conditions in Haiti.

Rounding off the issue, Michael Wallace and John Haigh look at this year’s UEFA Champions League draw, in which 16 teams were paired against each other in exactly the same way as during the rehearsal. Was it a 2 million to one coincidence? A fix? Or was it only to be expected?

Finally a reminder to all young career statisticians and budding writers that the closing date for entries for the Young Writers Competition hosted by the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society and Significance magazine is looming. You will need to submit your entries by 1 June 2013. More details and links to the winning entries from last year’s competition can be found here.

All 2013 issues of Significance are available to read for free via the apps for iOS and Android. To take advantage of this International Year of Statistics offer you will need to register with Wiley. Please see the registration details here.

Finally, to celebrate the International Year of Statistics, we invite Significance readers to submit by email to significancefeedback@wiley.com or tweet us (@signmagazine) photos of Significance being read in interesting locations.
A selection of the entries submitted so far can be found here.

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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