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Contributing Editor David Hand, Imperial College London, examines some of the pitfalls of administrative data (information collected primarily for business or organizational, not research, purposes): A great deal of statistical analysis is aimed at making inferences from a sample to a population. This might be with a view to predicting…

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Contributing Editor David Hand explains that while statistics as a field is not impossible, it is often misunderstood: The importance of public understanding of science, and of outreach activities more generally, is now widely accepted. Much research funding comes from public sources, so there’s an obligation to ensure that the…

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Contributing Editor David Hand writes: Reading my co-columnist Xiao-Li Meng’s column The XL-Files in the January/February 2015 issue made me realise I hadn’t written a column about The Improbability Principle, my book which appeared early in 2014. Xiao-Li wrote, “Winning the lottery or being struck by lightning are both…

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Contributing Editor David Hand writes: How should we measure national wellbeing? The first stage in answering such a question is deciding exactly what it is that we’re talking about. It’s clear, at least for national wellbeing, that the definition of what we want to measure and the procedure we construct…

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Contributing Editor David J. Hand writes: George Box once said “You have a big approximation and a small approximation. The big approximation is your approximation to the problem you want to solve. The small approximation is involved in getting the solution to the approximate problem.” In a similar vein, John…

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