Trust in Numbers
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building

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Join the Royal Statistical Society South West Local Group for this public lecture by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS, President of the Royal Statistical Society.

Those who value quantitative and scientific evidence are faced with claims both of a reproducibility crisis in scientific publication, and of a post-truth society abounding in fake news and alternative facts. 

Both issues are of vital importance to statisticians, and both are deeply concerned with trust in expertise. By considering the ‘pipelines’ through which scientific and political evidence is propagated, David will consider possible ways of improving both the trustworthiness of the statistical evidence being communicated, and the ability of audiences to assess the quality and reliability of what they are being told. There will also be cheap laughs at numerous examples of disastrous communication of statistics in the media.

This lecture is free and open to all - no booking is required. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available afterwards.

Contact Dr Yinghui Wei (yinghui.wei@plymouth.ac.uk) for any queries.


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