Doping in athletics
Sports

Anti-doping efforts, Russia's medals and Olympic athletics winners post-1988

Four years ago, Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics. Today, as the 2018 Games get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, Russia will be absent. The country’s Olympic Committee was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December, following accusations of the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) among Russian athletes and further claims that Russia has engaged in the state-sponsored cover-up of doping offences.

By Ray Stefani

Doping in athletics
Sports

Anti-doping efforts, Russia's medals and Olympic athletics winners post-1988

Four years ago, Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics. Today, as the 2018 Games get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, Russia will be absent. The country’s Olympic Committee was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December, following accusations of the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) among Russian athletes and further claims that Russia has engaged in the state-sponsored cover-up of doping offences.

  By Ray Stefani

News

Our 2018 writing competition for early-career statisticians is underway

Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to write data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the 2018 Statistical Excellence Award...

By Brian Tarran

Science

Data, debt and disaster - and a fight for independence - in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in bad shape. Its government is burdened by a debt of $70 billion, while two ferocious storms in September are estimated to have caused up to $95...

By Robert Langkjær-Bain

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News

Our 2018 writing competition for early-career statisticians is underway

Are you an early-career statistician with the ability to write data-driven stories in an entertaining and thought-provoking way? If so, we invite you to enter the 2018 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing. The competition is jointly organised by Significance and the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and forms part of the RSS Statistical Excellence Awards programme.

  By Brian Tarran

Puerto Rico storm damage
Science

Data, debt and disaster - and a fight for independence - in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in bad shape. Its government is burdened by a debt of $70 billion, while two ferocious storms in September are estimated to have caused up to $95 billion in damage, deepening the island’s economic woes and upending daily life for many of its inhabitants. Residents could therefore be forgiven for caring little about the fate of the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics (PRIS), whose executive director, Mario Marazzi, is engaged in a legal fight to secure its independence.

  By Robert Langkjær-Bain

Winston Churchill
Politics

Visualising ages and life trajectories of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

Rick Wicklin, over at The DO Loop blog, published an interesting graph showing the ages of US Presidents at the beginning and end of their terms, from George Washington to the current occupant of the White House.1 Inspired by his analysis, we extracted data2 from Wikipedia on ages of the Prime Ministers (PMs) of the UK – from Robert Walpole in 1721, regarded as the first PM, to the incumbent, Theresa May.

  By Mario Cortina Borja & Julian Stander

Winston Churchill

 

Politics

Visualising ages and life trajectories of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

By Mario Cortina Borja & Julian Stander

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