The World of Statistics

What is Statistics?

When many people hear the word “statistics,” they think of either sports-related numbers or the college class they took and barely passed. While statistics can be thought about in these terms, there is more to the relationship between you and statistics than you probably imagine.

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Superlatives abound in discussions of data privacy. Various think tanks, consultants and trade groups have told us that the latent demand for privacy has never been greater, that privacy is the next key consumer rights issue, and that our personal data itself is more valuable than gold or oil.

Here at Ipsos MORI, our surveys also tell us the greatest sin a company can commit in the eyes of the public is losing their personal data, followed by selling that data, even if it’s anonymised – much worse than exploiting foreign workers or even charging more than competitors.

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StatsLife is the news, opinion and resource website of the Royal Statistical Society.

World Population Clock

Below are The World of Statistics participating organization events and activities around the world that will be conducted through the end of this month. To see the complete list of activities for 2014, please click here.

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By Dr. Lawrence Lesser

Since April is Mathematics Awareness Month and this year's theme is “Mathematics, Magic, Mystery," let’s take a look at how statistics is magical, too!

Persi Diaconis went from professional magician to professor at Stanford University, rigorously solving questions such as how many riffle shuffles put a deck of playing cards in an order that can be viewed as random (the answer: 7) and co-authoring the book Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks.

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Significance MagazineThumbnail image for The Search for ‘Divergents’ and Measurement Error

Whenever I watch movies these days I tend to notice the little mathematical and statistical morsels that crop up. In fact, I’ve been noticing them for a while now such as the probability and game theory in The Hunger Games or the Chi-Square Test in Silver Linings Playbook. My latest excursion into math at the movies occurred when I recently saw the movie Divergent.

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Significance is a publication of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.

Census at School

Challenge Yourself Today!

We are proud to introduce Stats2013AtSchool—a Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education and American Statistical Association special project expressly designed for schools and students worldwide in support of the International Year of Statistics.

Stats2013AtSchool features an international statistics quiz for school-aged learners. This fun, online quiz is based on WinAtSchool, a competition which comprises multiple choice questions in

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Census at School is a free, web-based classroom project that engages primary and secondary school students in statistical problemsolving using their own data. This international educational initiative, launched in 2000 in the United Kingdom by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education, has programs operating in several countries.

Click here to view the Census at School program in your country or others around the world.

Statistician Job of the Week

By Gerald Hahn and Necip Doganaksoy

Long ago, we decided on a career in statistics. It was one of the two best decisions we ever made (second only to our choice of spouses). We wake up most days eager to face the challenges of work—a key criterion in selecting a career.

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