Free access to new special issue from Significance


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 27 February 2014

The February 2014 issue of Significance, dedicated to poverty and development, is available to read on Wiley Online Library now for free here.

The articles in this latest issue include:

Alaa Abou Zeid and James J Cochran looking at the statistics of a humanitarian disaster in their article ‘Understanding the crisis in Somalia’.

Alex Cobham and Andy Sumner think it might be time for a rethink on measuring equality, the current dominant method having been developed in the early 1900s. They explore a new measure of income inequality, Palma, in their article ‘Is inequality all about the tails?’.

Arguments continue to rage about the growing of genetically modified or engineered crops. Ian Plewis, Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Manchester examines the data to find out if growing GM crops is really to blame for a surge in Indian farmers committing suicide.

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In his article, ‘Counting trees, carbon and climate change’, Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University, Queensland, examines whether planting more trees is a viable way to allow us to continue our high-emission business as usual and still stave off global warming.

Timothy Martyn Hill and Alan Smith from the Data Visualisation Department of the Office for National Statistics ask where migrants come from and where they go after being tasked with depicting internal migration flows between different parts of England and Wales.

After fifty years of aid, there are still many poor countries, and a billion people living on less than a dollar a day. Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, Owen Barder, asks ‘Is aid a waste of money?’.

Find out how a major aid organisation decides where its priorities lie in Julian Champkin’s interview with Richard King, Policy Research Adviser at Oxfam.

Fred J Rispoli et al. and Julian Champkin both look at Pareto’s 80-20 rule through a case study and a visualisation.

Finally, Stella Dudzic, curriculum leader at Mathematics in Education and Industry, looks at a curious “statistic” which states that North Americans account for less than a sixteenth of the world’s people, but more than a third of their weight in her article ‘North Americans – one third of the world’s weight? Obesity and the comma’.

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