Thursday 23rd April: Visualising data: a statistician's journey.
*** NB this event can be attended online ***
- Speaker: Robert Grant, senior lecturer in health and social care statistics, Kingston University and St George's (Medical School), University of London.
- Time: 17:00-18:00, followed by drinks and nibbles.
- Attend in person at room LT908, Livingstone Tower, University of Strathclyde, G1 1XH (map), or...
- Join the Webinar. Click on the registration button below for details.
- Summary: The last few years have seen an explosion of innovative data visualisations, particularly those that are interactive and delivered online. These have the potential to make our work have much greater impact but are a mystery to most statisticians. I will describe how I learned about these: how to design them and how to make them. I will
reflect on the differences between the worlds of data and design, and present some current experiments in representing uncertainty in more intuitive ways for a lay audience.
Wednesday 9th December
Thursday 26th February: Health Freaks on Trial
- Place: Room 203, Maths Building,
University of Glasgow, G12 8QW (map).
- Summary: In 2013, Channel 4 broadcast “Health Freaks”, a series of six programmes on some
rather bizarre home remedies. Martin was advisor and
statistical analyst for four clinical trials in this series. He will
talk about how this came about, describe each of the trials, their sometimes surprising results and how they were presented, and his seconds of televisual fame.
- Thursday 11th December - RSS Glasgow/ORGS joint event: A statistical excursion in the isochronic hills
- Speaker: Phil Scarf, University of Salford
- Time: 17:00-18:00 ***Note later time than originally advertised*** Preceded briefly by RSS Glasgow Group AGM, and followed by drinks reception and nibbles. Please register to help us plan catering.
- Place: Room LT908, Livingstone Tower, University of Strathclyde, G1 1XH (map).
- Summary: The adventure racer, when competing in mountain navigation
events, is often faced with an over-or-around route choice. Is it
quicker to go over or around a hill when trying to get from a point A,
on one side, to a point B, on the other? Route choice aesthetics are of
no interest. The competitor wishes to get from A to B as efficiently as
possible. Naismith's rule can be used i
n these circumstances. This rule
relates climb to distance, and implies that, in terms of time taken, 1
unit of distance vertically is equivalent to N units of distance
horizontally. Naismith in his original paper in 1892 in the Scottish
Mountaineering Club journal implied that N=7.92. Now, if a route (from A
to B) comprises a horizontal distance component of x units and a
vertical distance component of y units, then x+Ny is the equivalent
distance of the route. Given a choice between routes, the competitor
should then ceteris paribus choose that route with minimum equivalent
distance. This talk will consider a number of questions in this context:
- What are the origins of Naismith's rule?
- What is the connection between the rule, the treadmill crane at Harwich, and the Scottish Mathematician MacLaurin?
- What is the fastest mile ever run?
- Can N be estimated from data?
- Does N vary with age, that is, do veteran runners find ascent
relatively more difficult, and therefore should they be more inclined to
- If the over and around routes between points on opposites sides of a
simply shaped hill are equivalent, is there a quicker route in between?
- What is the shape of an isochronic hill?
- Is the rule applicable to cycling?
- Thursday 13th November: Monitoring school performance: A multilevel value-added modelling alternative to England’s ‘expected progress’ measure
- Meeting Report
- Speaker: George Leckie, Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol
- Summary: Since 1992, the UK Government has published so-called ‘school league tables’ summarizing the average educational attainment and progress made by pupils in each state-funded secondary school in England. In 2011 the Government made ‘expected progress’ their new headline measure of school progress. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the data underlying the Government’s 2013 tables, in order to statistically critique expected progress and contrast it with the
multilevel ‘value-added’ modelling approach.
- Time: 5.30-6.30 pm, followed by drinks and nibbles.
- Place: Ben Cruachan seminar room, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, top floor, Herald Building, 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 3QB (map).
- Friday 12th September: Quantifying the impact of air pollution on health.
A workshop aiming to bring together academics, policymakers and other
interested parties to discuss this important public health issue.
- Speakers, timetable, directions and other information available at www.modelling-airpollutioneffects.org.uk. Slides available [link]
- Time: 12:45-16:45
- Place: ***New venue due to high demand*** Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ (C8 on campus map).
- Tuesday 17th June: The Power of Administrative Data
- Speaker: Stephen Pavis
Scotland has some of the best administrative data in the world (e.g.
health, social care, housing, education and criminal justice). However,
these data are not being fully exploited: to ensure our social policies
are designed to respond to multiple disadvantage; our public services
are as efficient as possible; and that these data are mobilised to
support economic growth. This lecture will explore some of the reasons
for the under-utilisation of administrative data and chart some of the
new initiatives which aim to release these data's potential.
- Time: 17.30-18:30, followed by drinks and nibbles
- Place: Room 203, Maths Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QW (map).
- Monday 12th May: Glasgow 2014: Legacy and the Host Community
2014 (past events cont.)
- Wednesday 26th March - RSS Glasgow/Edinburgh/BIS joint event: Scotland's Referendum: Statistical Perspectives
- Meeting report
months in advance of the referendum on Scottish independence, the
Glasgow and Edinburgh Local Groups and the Business and Industrial
Section of the RSS will hold an event in which four speakers will offer
their perspectives on statistical aspects of the referendum and its potential consequences:
- Summaries and slides are here
- ***Change of venue: the meeting will take place in Room G1, Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ (map).***
- The time is unchanged: 13.00-16.00.
- Register using the button below.
- Friday 31 January - Seminar: Statistics making an impact
- Read the article "Statistics making an Impact"
- Summary: John Pullinger, President of the Royal Statistical Society
will give a reprise of his presidential lecture. He will explore how
the role of statistics in society has changed with changes in the
politics of decision-making. He will outline the Royal Statistical
Society strategy for the next 4 years and consider how individual
members of the RSS can play a part.
- Time: 15.00-16.00, followed by wine reception.This event is free and open to all. Non-members welcome.
- Place: Room LT908, Livingstone Tower, University of Strathclyde, G1 1XH (map)
- Tuesday 17 December 2013 - Seminar: Public Engagement: Some Perspectives from Statistics and Public Health. Followed by RSS Glasgow Group AGM.
Engaging the public with our research and work is challenging. We have
created 3 activities and trialled them with members of the public (aged
7-70) at the Glasgow Science Centre. We will discuss how we developed
these activities (Inequalities in Mortality Mountain Plot Jigsaw; Design
a Healthy Lifestyle app; Health in the City Game) and then you will
have the opportunity to try the activities.
- AGM: 17:15–17:20
- Seminar: 17:20-18:15
- Place: Room LT908, Livingstone
Tower, University of Strathclyde (corner of Richmond St & North
Portland St; nearest subway Buchanan Street; map)
- Followed by wine, nibbles and mince pies. Event is free and open to all, in particular non-members.
This event is part of the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013).
- 14 October 2013 - Meeting: Expert Judgement. Joint meeting hosted by the Glasgow Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society and
the Operational Research Group of Scotland at the University of Strathclyde.
- Time: 16:00-17:45 on Monday 14 October 2013.
- Place: Room LT908, Livingstone Tower, University of Strathclyde.
This event is part of the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013).
25 June 2013 - RSS/GSSG Seminar: White Flight & Social Segregation.
This seminar is jointly funded by the Royal Statistical Society Glasgow
Local Group, AQMEN/Glasgow Social Statistics Group and the School of
Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow.
Time: 15:00-16:30 on Thursday 23 May 2013
Place: Room 203, Maths Building, University of Glasgow, G12 8QW (map).