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November Newsletter

Hi everyone- It’s all go… US Presidential Elections, second waves, third tiers and second lockdowns, all while struggling to maintain some semblance of professionalism for the next Zoom call… Definitely time for ‘self-care’ via some selected data science reading materials! Following is the November edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. HopefullyContinue reading “November Newsletter”

How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view

A critical piece of the UK Test and Trace infrastructure failed hard this week. All contacts of almost 16,000 COVID-19 infected people were allowed to circulate unknowingly for an entire seven days in the community. That’s about 50,000 people. I’m not going to complain about Public Health England (PHE) using excel to merge the testContinue reading “How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view”

October Newsletter

Hi everyone- As the rain pours down it definitely feels like winter has arrived- all the more reason to spend some time indoors huddled up with some good data science reading materials! Following is the October edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed yourContinue reading “October Newsletter”

Ethics Happy Hours

Announcing our new Data Science Section Initiative: Share and discuss ethical challenges encountered in your professional life during Ethics Happy Hours Ethical questions are ubiquitous in pursuing real-world data science projects. During the Covid-19 crisis, controversies around the design of contact tracing apps or the moderation of GCSE and A-level results have recently served asContinue reading “Ethics Happy Hours”

September Newsletter

Hi everyone- Another month flies by… hard to believe summer is technically over although the coldest August UK bank holiday on record is one way to drive home the point! Following is the September edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed your data scienceContinue reading “September Newsletter”

August Newsletter

Hi everyone- Let’s face it, July was a bit lacking in sunshine but at least ended with a couple of scorchers. Possibly not the best conditions to be pulling together a newsletter, but we’d always take the sun over rain! Following is the August edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. HopefullyContinue reading “August Newsletter”

July Newsletter

Hi everyone- Well, we have made it to summer (at least the British variety) – and it’s time for the July edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed your data science curiosity while enjoying a socially distanced day on the beach with everyone else…Continue reading “July Newsletter”

June Newsletter

Hi everyone- Another month flies by- somehow lockdown days seem to go slowly but weeks disappear – and it’s time for the June edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed your data science curiosity… As always- any and all feedback most welcome! If youContinue reading “June Newsletter”

Take care with graphs…

We are all been bombarded with statistics and graphs right now. Both social media and traditional news outlets are showing graphs of infections, changes in death rates, impact on the economy or environment. We are being overwhelmed with data and it’s important that professionals presenting data do so clearly to a wide audience.

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The Data Science Section of the Royal Statistical Society includes experienced representatives from business, industry, government and academia and was formed to address emerging topics that will impact the long term success of data science as a profession.

We aim to be the professional body for data science in the UK and have clear goals:

  • Support technically-skilled data scientists by increasing their public profile and providing a mentorship network.
  • Run a series of events with UK data science leaders, disseminating guidance and exemplars of best practice.
  • Drive networking and best practice through social events and hackathons.

For more information, check out the official Royal Statistical Society website and also our LinkedIn site


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