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Mad about math

Dealing with dodgy data and shabby statistics is all in a day's work for David Spiegelhalter, president of the UK's Royal Statistical Society

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"It's very difficult to spot gaps, you need to identify what's not there. The dogs that didn't bark in the night."

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WHEN an abnormally high number of babies died in heart surgery in a hospital in Bristol in the United Kingdom in the late 1990s, investigators running a public inquiry turned to David Spiegelhalter for statistical help. And when British authorities wanted to find out whether one of the country's...

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