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Forecast error: How to predict an election, part 2: Betting

In 1979, Mr Tony Barlow was interviewed by the BBC. He had a nice house in the suburbs, two cars, four children and a wife with a long bowl-cut. He also had a gambling habit: a big one. He’d bet £30,000 at 4/9 that the Conservative Party was going to achieve a majority at the 1979 UK General Election.[0707a] The average price of a house at that time was £19,075.[0416e] He seemed relaxed when speaking to the interviewer, and later bet more money.

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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.

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