A statistical needle in a bureaucratic haystack

The data aren’t useful because they’re spread across a gazillion spreadsheets, says Tim Harford ‘Finding government statistics is not easy. Both expert users and occasional users struggle to navigate their way through the multiple places in which statistics are...

Why weird science is all in a day’s work

Stories of the formula for the perfect penalty kick are cheaper than an ads, writes Tim Harford ‘People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say’ BBC.co.uk, May 29 This is presumably...

Being economical with the data

Economics will have to change what it recognises as a question, and what it recognises as an answer According to IBM, the computers with which we have surrounded ourselves are now generating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data a day around the world. That’s about half a...

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