Tagged: statistics

Anti-fluoridationists exploit infant deaths by fiddling statistics - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 09, 2017

The local anti-fluoride people have not stopped rabbiting away with their “science” – searching for anything bad they can argue is caused by community water fluoridation. The latest claim they make – fluoridation is responsible for infant deaths! And they have some statistics to “prove” this. The table below presented by well-known US anti-fluoride activist, Karen Favazza Spencer, in … Read More

Prime Minister English? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 06, 2016

If outgoing Prime Minister John Key has any influence over the choices, and if Bill English wants the job, I expect English will succeed Key as Prime Minister and Steven Joyce will move to the Finance portfolio. More than anybody else in government, as best I’ve been able to tell, Bill English thinks in terms of incentives and institutions. He … Read More

Lies! Damned lies and statistics: why reporters must handle data with care - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 29, 2016

By Stephen Cushion, Cardiff University and Justin Lewis, Cardiff University During the 2016 EU referendum campaign, both sides used statistics pretty freely to back their arguments. Understandably, UK broadcasters felt compelled to balance competing perspectives, giving audiences the opportunity to hear the relative merits of leaving or remaining in the EU. In doing so, however, the truth … Read More

Why are polls getting it wrong?: Brexit and Trump - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 11, 2016

There seems to be a fair bit of bashing of Pollsters of late.  This is not surprising given that Brexit was expected to vote remain, and Clinton was expected to win the US presidential vote. The naive criticism is that the Pollsters got it wrong.  I’m going to call this naive as in the case Brexit the polls were saying … Read More

Ahead of its time: Doctor Who’s 56 inspiring female scientists - Guest Work

Guest Work May 19, 2016

By Rachel Morgain, Australian National University and Lindy Orthia, Australian National University The issue of gender equity in science has received a lot of attention recently. Governments are throwing money at it, scientists are speaking up about it and news agencies are reporting on it. Researchers interested in fictional scientists are also concerned … Read More

Wait…what’s the fastest growing religious group in NZ? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Apr 06, 2016

The NZ Herald reported on the Egypt’s plan to send Imam’s to fight radicalization in NZ.  I will offer no opinion on this issue, given I have no knowledge of the extent of Islamic radicalisation in NZ.  Nonetheless, one claim did catch my attention: Muslims, now about 1 per cent of the population, are New Zealand’s fastest-growing religious group. Read More

Policymaking when you don’t know where you are - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Mar 11, 2015

Last week the Reserve Bank published the latest in its Analytical Note series, 'The Reserve Bank’s method of estimating “potential output”' (pdf here). If you're into macroeconomics in general or monetary policy in particular, you probably don't need your hand held about what potential output, and the output gap, are, but in case it's passed you by, the Note … Read More