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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.

May Newsletter

Hi everyone- Well, April is now behind us, so it is high time to pull together the May edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Rather than dwell solely on COVID related data science topics (of which we know there are plenty) we thought we’d try and bring a more balanced assortmentContinue reading “May Newsletter”

The effectiveness of cloth masks has been misrepresented by #Masks4All

I recently advised caution about COVID-19 research performed by people without a background in infectious diseases. Some people hated that advice. I’m going to show an example of why it matters. In recent weeks, entrepreneur Jeremy Howard has led the #Masks4All campaign to make it mandatory to wear cotton face masks in public. Howard claimsContinue reading “The effectiveness of cloth masks has been misrepresented by #Masks4All”

April Newsletter

Hi everyone- What a month… the end of February seems like an age ago, and life for everyone has changed beyond comprehension since then. The dramatic rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial underlying importance of rigourous analytical methods to both understand what is going on, and to inform decisions around the bestContinue reading “April Newsletter”

All models are wrong, but some are completely wrong

At this critical time in the modern history of the human race, mathematical models have been pushed into the foreground. Epidemic forecasting informs policy and even individual decision-making. Sadly, scientists and journalists have completely failed to communicate how these models work. Last week the Financial Times published the headline ‘Coronavirus may have infected half ofContinue reading “All models are wrong, but some are completely wrong”

March Newsletter

Hi everyone- Time flies- even with the extra day, February felt pretty short… Anyway, here’s round 2 of the Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section monthly newsletter- any and all feedback most welcome! If you like these, do please send on to your friends- we are looking to build a strong community of data scienceContinue reading “March Newsletter”

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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.

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