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Imagine there is a country called Bayesland that is divided into two distinct geographical areas – North Bayesland and South Bayesland – with equal population sizes. The country has been struck with a new, novel, infectious disease called P-STAT. Statistics reveal that the death rate for this disease for Southerners is twice that of the death rate for Northerners in each different age category (Table 1).

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Misinterpreting statistical anomalies and risk assessment when analysing Covid-19 deaths by ethnicity

Imagine there is a country called Bayesland that is divided into two distinct geographical areas – North Bayesland and South Bayesland – with equal population sizes. The country has been struck with a new, novel, infectious disease called P-STAT. Statistics reveal that the death rate for this disease for Southerners is twice that of the death rate for Northerners in each different age category (Table 1).

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200 years of Greek independence... and Prime Ministers

Thursday, 25 March 2021 saw Bicentenary Independence Day celebrations in Greece. Much of present-day Greece was under Ottoman occupation from the mid-15th century, with its identity being partly preserved by the Greek Orthodox Church. Eventually, Greek fighters, who were encouraged by increasing opposition to Ottoman rule, inspired by events associated with the French Revolution and supported financially by exiles, launched an insurrection at the monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese, where they raised a revolutionary flag on 25 March 1821.

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The Covid-19 pandemic is a rapidly moving challenge. As countries and states scramble to meet this challenge in different ways, it can be difficult to follow and understand the data. Epidemiologists build models that incorporate a number of factors. But these are complex and must be updated as the data evolve.

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Enter our 2021 writing competition for early-career statisticians and data scientists

Data took centre stage in 2020 as the world was gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, and with the pandemic still raging, we want to shine a spotlight on data stories from around the globe. So, we are pleased to once again be organising the Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing, in partnership with the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

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Enter our 2021 writing competition for early-career statisticians and data scientists

Data took centre stage in 2020 as the world was gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, and with the pandemic still raging, we want to shine a spotlight on data stories from around the globe. So, we are pleased to once again be organising the Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing, in partnership with the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

By Brian Tarran

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