Playing Borel
Culture

Playing with risk

Imagine you hold three six-sided dice in your hand. Now throw them, and before they come to a stop, answer me this: do you think you will roll at least two of the same number? Yes or no. More importantly, how much do you want to bet on that outcome?

By Brian Tarran

Playing Borel
Culture

Playing with risk

Imagine you hold three six-sided dice in your hand. Now throw them, and before they come to a stop, answer me this: do you think you will roll at least two of the same number? Yes or no. More importantly, how much do you want to bet on that outcome?

  By Brian Tarran

Culture

How times have changed for teenagers: Baby names and degrees

In our December 2018 print edition, Jeff Ralph, the Royal Statistical Society's William Guy schools' lecturer for the 2017-18 academic year, explains how times have changed for teenagers, ...

By Jeff Ralph

Science

What is the bootstrap?

Bradley Efron (pictured) was awarded the 2018 International Prize in Statistics for the creation of the “bootstrap”, a method that “transformed science’s ability to use and understand data and helped...

By James J. Cochran

teenagers
Culture

How times have changed for teenagers: Baby names and degrees

In our December 2018 print edition, Jeff Ralph, the Royal Statistical Society's William Guy schools' lecturer for the 2017-18 academic year, explains how times have changed for teenagers, as told through official statistics. The print article tackles the subjects of life expectancy, household income, household expenditure and inflation. In this web-exclusive piece, Ralph explains how baby names have changed over the past hundred years, and how the number of undergraduate degrees awarded have gone up and up.

  By Jeff Ralph

Bradley Efron
Science

What is the bootstrap?

Bradley Efron (pictured) was awarded the 2018 International Prize in Statistics for the creation of the “bootstrap”, a method that “transformed science’s ability to use and understand data and helped usher in the era of data analysis through computing”. But what is the bootstrap? James J. Cochran explains.

  By James J. Cochran

Beer in fridge
Science

Misunderstanding the global burden of alcohol

Harmful alcohol consumption is known to cause several diseases and many deaths. A study published in the Lancet this August has presented the latest figures, pertaining to the year 2016.1 The authors estimate that alcohol answers for approximately 7% of all male and 2% of all female deaths, as well as 6% of male and 2% of female disability-adjusted life year losses. Moreover, respective estimates were presented for all countries over several years. But these estimates seem to be too high.

  By Kari Poikolainen

Beer in fridge

 

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Misunderstanding the global burden of alcohol

By Kari Poikolainen

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