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Rustat Report on the Use and Misuse of Statistics

On 4 March 2014, the Rustat Conference on the Use and Misuse of Statistics brought together leaders who would not usually meet from the worlds of business, academia, government and the media, to determine how risk and statistics could be used to benefit the economy, protect public health and wellbeing, appraise and communicate climate change, and be marshalled fairly in the press.

Risk and statistics have been greatly misunderstood in the past. Once side-lined by schools and universities and considered ‘softer’ alternatives to pure mathematics, risk, statistics, and the interpretation of data have, in recent years, become respected fields of study in their own right. But more needs to be done. Whether that involves tailoring classes, study courses or MOOCs in critical thinking or generally improving the numeracy of the public, greater emphasis needs to be placed on equipping people with the tools to better utilise statistics and assess risk in their day-to-day lives.

The Conference explore the fields affected by risk, how we evaluate risk, how  we communicate risk, how we negotiate biase,  and how we should deal with an uneven level of understanding

A report on the day, including both the agenda and participant list, can be downloaded here.

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