International Year of Statistics 2013

Statistics does perhaps have an image problem. Ask people what they think of statistics, and you are likely to get some negative responses. The public does not (very broadly speaking) understand statistics and probability. Neither do many politicians. The media can manipulate statistics and misrepresent data. As a science, statistics is seen as complicated, dull, geeky and even irrelevant.

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Bred samverkan i forskningsmotionerna

Igår kom Miljöpartiets forskningspolitiska motion, Socialdemokraternas forskningspolitiska motion och Vänsterpartiets forskningspolitiska motion som svar på regeringens forsknings- och innovationsproposition. Vi på VA var självklart nyfikna på vad som stod om samverkansuppgiften i motionerna.

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Fancy a job predicting disasters?

Hurricane Sandy, sweeping the East Coast of the USA, has been predicted with great accuracy. The people in New York and surrounding areas were evacuated where necessary; the authorities gave a clear and unambiguous message and the loss of life has been minimal. Buildings have on the whole survived intact, a testament to building standards in New York State.

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