David Spiegelhalter

Thursday, October 17 2013 at 7:30PM

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David Spiegelhalter

What's the talk about?

 2013 is the International Year of Statistics, and as data gets more open we can expect to be bombarded with bucket-loads of numbers, often being used to try to impress and influence us. But can we trust all these stats? In this talk Professor Spiegelhalter will suggest some ways to help detect the naughty numbers in the news.

David Spiegelhalter is a statistician and Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University. He leads a small team (UnderstandingUncertainty.org) that attempts to improve the way in which risk and uncertainty are taught and discussed in society. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular commentator on risk issues. In 2012 he presented the BBC4 documentary ‘Tails you Win: the Science of Chance’. He was elected FRS in 2005 and awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to medical statistics, and in 2011 came 7th in an edition of Winter Wipeout.