Latest issue of Significance now available


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 05 November 2013

The latest issue of Significance is now available to read on Wiley Online Library.

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Features include:

Nancy Cook, co-author of the US Institute of Medicine’s controversial report on the effects of low sodium intake on health provides some background and perspective on the report’s conclusions, in her article ‘Salt: How much less should we eat for health?’. The report, which was released in May, supported a population-wide lowering of sodium intake from the current average, but did not lend support to general dietary guidelines that have been in place since 2005.

Andrew Rushby asks how representative our discovered samples of extrasolar planets are and whether any Earth-like planets are likely to be found close enough for us to signal them in his article ‘A multiplicity of worlds: Other habitable planets’.

In Britain in 2004, cannabis was reclassified from a class B drug to a less serious class C. In 2008, it was reclassified back to class B. In light of the states of Washington and Colorado passing laws on legalising the recreational use of cannabis from 2014, Ian Hamilton from the University of York looks at the impact these reclassifications have had on the UK’s mental health in his article ‘The cannabis class’.

In ‘Emily Dickinson and monkeys on the stair’, Mark Kelly from Cardiff University asks what the significance of the 5% significance level is.

Read about statistical communication in Significance Editor Julian Champkin’s interview with Lord Krebs in ‘A life in statistics’. Amongst other things, Julian asks what it’s like to have a Nobel prize winner for a father, and how to break bad news about hard scientific facts to government ministers who would rather not know.

Reflecting on the recent media storm about rail safety following a year in which two disasters in particular took at least 120 lives, Julian Champkin delves into William Farr’s historical rail safety statistics in his article, ‘A carriage full of curates’.

Read the Significance/Young Statisticians Section writers’ competition runner up article on ‘Uncertainties in climate models’. Lindsay Lee, a postdoc statistician from the University of Leeds Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science writes about the complicated nature of our climate and the importance of understanding its uncertainties.

Finally, find out how many licks it takes to reach the chocolate of a Tootsie Pop, something that every American child has wondered, and Cory Heid has set out to discover.

To celebrate the International Year of Statistics, don’t forget to sign up for free access to all 2013 issues via the app. For more information, please visit the Significance website.

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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