Category Archives: Handling Data

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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Wales, Boulders and car parking spaces

In a couple of recent blog posts I have written about unconventional units – such as boulders to measure mass or volume,  and football pitches and Wales to measure area. I’m delighted to report another use of an unconventional measure, and this time from the esteemed body that is the  Office for National Statistics. In […]

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Wales replaced by football pitches

“About the area of Wales …”  Wales has often been used as an informal measurement of area, but in the Royal Statistical Society Statistic of the decade, they have forsaken Wales as an area of measurement, replacing it with (the much smaller) football pitch. The estimated accumulated deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, over the past […]

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