Tag Archives: Statistical Education

ICSE Closure

The ICSE is now closed. The archive of the site, including the RSSCSE website, will remain online as long as is possible.

This website will not be updated after August 2016, consequently some internal and external links may become outdated and cease to work.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the ICSE and used one of our many resources.

Data, Traffic and the need for Statisticians

arrow-44131_1280Although unrelated to statistical education or our activities we thought a recent local news story might be a good ‘piece for the archive’ for the statistical education champions out there.

The story in question regards the closure of a recently created bus lane along a busy stretch of road in to and out of a small city, Truro, located in Cornwall, South West UK.  For the full details  via the local newspaper use the link below.

Apart from the costs involved, that incidentally do not cover the difficult to measure knock-on costs related to delays, the most significant point  is that a measure intended to ease congestion and speed up journey times for road users has had the exact opposite effect.

Truro bus lane will be scrapped on Monday

This is a vast over-simplification to illustrate a point – traffic control is a fairly universal issue, common to civil authorities of any municipality large or small, and this is a nice example of how things can go wrong if data diligence (I just made that up) is not done or not done with great care. What can we learn from this?

1.  There is a general lack of knowledge and skill when it comes to the use of statistics and data handling, even among those in technical careers .

2. Employ a statistician, they could save you £60,000 in the long run.

As a frivolous afterthought…even if data for this particular stretch of road did not exist, it almost certainly did exist and must, one would hope, have informed the planning decision. You can download data for South West roads via the Department of Transport website that would provide an insight helpful for planning – make of it what you will.

Traffic Points – Cornwall traffic profile for 2000 to 2014


#60ISIWSC – 60th World Statistics Congress

topo_bgThe International Statistics Institute World Statistics Congress

For your information, the 60th ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during 26–31 July 2015.

The congress brings together members of the statistical community, from across the globe, to present, discuss, promote and disseminate research and best practice in every field of Statistics and its applications.

You can find out more using the link isi2015.org and can keep up with what is going on using the hashtag #60ISIWSC.

For those with an interest in statistical education there is a satellite conference held by the IASE during the 22-24 July. There is a separate site with a full programme of events available now, it can be found at iase-web.org.

ONS Census 2021 – Have Your Say

On a slightly related note the Office for National Statistics have announced there are now only 6 weeks remaining to haCensus2021ve your say with regards the next national census that will take place in 2021.

You can view a statement on the consultation from John Pullinger, National Statistician, on the ONS website. The link in full is below.


Double-Yolk Eggs

We don’t normally post school based maths and stats resources directly on the ICSE site, for them you should hop along to CensusAtSchool.org.uk, but over the weekend I re-discovered a news story and NCETM resource on the probability of double-yolk eggs, after finding a double-yolk myself at breakfast sparked the memory.

An original UK news story featured in the Mail, google it if that link is outdated. You can then view the excellent NCETM resource (as a PDF) from their website (link below).

NCETM – What is the chance of getting a double-yolk egg?

The resource takes information from Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter’s blog, again you can google this if the link is outdated. The explanation also featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less, that if you do not follow you really should. The explanation would be an excellent followup to the lesson itself.


Blogs of Interest

If you will excuse the peculiarity of a blog post on a blog post…there are two excellent Statistical Education resources that are worth your attention.

The first is the personal blog of Robert Kosara a Visual Analysis Researcher at Tableau Software. Robert attended the recent Graphical Web conference (held in Winchester, UK) and presented Data Storytelling Beyond the Hype.

Robert’s blog is full of information visualisation insights, a recent post regarding charts, coming so soon after the conference, is especially interesting: agereyes.org.

The second blog is one the centre has referenced more than once in the past. This is Burns Statistics, established in 2002 as the consulting and software vehicle for Patrick Burns.

After working on some spreadsheets this post sprang to mind, others will undoubtedly find it useful; if you find yourself using spreadsheets a bit too much and have a basic familiarity with the use of R, burns-stat.com.

Teaching Statistics – Autumn 2014

If you have an interest in statistical education you should know that the latest issue of the Teaching Statistics Journal is out now (Autumn 2014: Volume 36 – Number 3).  This issue has an original article on developing consistency in the terminology and display of Bar Graphs and Histograms, and a fascinating practical activity for teaching Poisson Distribution using the Stock Market.

You can view the current issue here at the Wiley Online Library. The Wiley site contains all the information you need to subscribe or contribute to Teaching Statistics.

Follow Wiley Stats on Twitter @wiley_stats 

ASA launches ‘This is Statistics’

ASA the American Statistical Association is launching ‘This is Statistics‘ this month, a public relations campaign for statistics that aims “to elevate public and media awareness of statistical science and change the public’s perception of statisticians by educating them about the many ways we help solve policy, research, business, and other problems”.

Although the site has an American focus the videos and articles will be of interest to all those involved in statistical education. ASA produced an introductory article back in June, that provides a bit of background information on the new campaign, see the link below, you can view the campaign site at thisisstatistics.org.

ASA: “Launching a Public Relations Campaign for Statistics”

Before you go…the first mention of  ‘This is Statistics’ we saw outside of ASA came from ‘The Aperiodical‘ a UK based maths blog that can be found here aperiodical.com/about.

Plymouth University launches statistical education centre

Welcome to our website, the home of the International Centre for Statistical Education (ICSE).

Based at Plymouth University in the School of Computing and Mathematics the ICSE aims to develop innovative projects that enhance statistical education in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace, as well as establishing a range of ‘tools’ and utilities that develop statistical understanding.

We will be building on the award-winning work already carried out by the Royal Statistical Society’s Centre for Statistical Education.

Press Release PDF