Author Archives: A Maths Teacher

Lucky, or unlucky?

Here’s the tree at the junction of South Ealing Road and Little Ealing Lane getting blown over this afternoon. Amazing car cam footage by Joanna Wolman. (Some understandable swearing!) pic.twitter.com/zlFcDFuXWX — Jon Ball (@JonBall) July 5, 2020 Whenever I see a clip like this my first reaction – like those in the car (and sorry […]

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Covid 19 stats, part 4

Some good news. For the first time since mid-March, excess deaths are below the five year average. Regular readers will know that I have been tracking “excess deaths” (based on data provided by Office for National Statistics ) as it strips out any debate as to whether a death was due to Covid 19 or not. […]

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Covid 19 stats, part 3

I continue to crunch the numbers, and explore different ways to display the data. In the graphs above, I have taken the total number of weekly deaths in England and Wales (as reported by Office for National Statistics) and subtracted from that the average number of deaths for that week. Before the outbreak of Covid […]

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Covid 19 stats, part 2

Data can tell us many things, but we need to understand what data we are looking at, and what the data is showing us. As the Covid crisis has continued, there has been debate and discussion about how many deaths are due to the disease. The government, daily, discloses the number who have died in hospital from […]

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Covid 19 Stats

The unfolding tragedy that is Covid 19 is being fought on many fronts, and data, statistics and mathematics are playing a strong supporting role, by helping to inform what is happening and allow the scientists and politicians make decisions and review the outcome of the policies that have enacted. Much data is being made publically […]

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