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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

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



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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