Category Archives: Handling Data

Searching for the Solskjaer bounce

I’ve spent much of the last week helping students with “Hypothesis Testing” as they prepare for their A level exams in the next few months. Fed up of wading through connived examples, and upon stumbling across perhaps the best headline I’ve read in sometime (“Man United regress to the mean after Solskjaer bounce“) I thought […]

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Six Nations Stats

Back in the summer, we were all struck with World Cup fever and, in this post, I shared some stats and charts looking at the heights of players in the tournament. In a few days time the Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off for another year, so I thought it appropriate to have a look […]

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The Ten Year Challenge

The “10 Year Challenge” is the current rage on social media, whereby you are encouraged to post a picture of yourself from 10 years ago, alongside one from now, to see how you’ve aged. I thought it would be interesting to see how the last ten years have been for the nation’s football teams. I […]

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GDP ranking by country

I recently discovered the video above that ranks the top ten countries by GDP from 1960 to 2017. It is quite mesmeric watching it (I am reminded of the great Hans Rosling and how he presented data) and got me wondering: is it Economics, History or Statistics?  (It is, of course, all three) And, as […]

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A tough question

A student asked me a difficult question the other day. I’m normally pretty confident with my subject knowledge, and am rarely stumped when quizzed out of the blue. Sometimes a tricky question from Further Maths, or a more esoteric A level problem may leave me scratching my head for a minute or two. Worst case […]

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