The International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013)

Statistics2013 Photo Contest

A picture, the old saying goes, is worth a thousand words.

That being the case, we received a large number of great photos with excellent stories behind them for the Statistics2013 Photo Contest.

To review, the Photo Contest was for secondary school students in grades/years 7-12 and was a contest-within-a-contest in that winners were to be selected from each continent (excluding Antarctica). A best overall photo was to be selected from the winning photos from each continent. That best photo would receive a prize of $800 (all prizes U.S. dollars), while $700 in prizes—$350 for first place, $200 for second and $150 for third—would be awarded to the top three place-winners from each continent. The contest theme was: “How statistics advances the wellbeing of people in your country or our global society.”

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What is Statistics?

When many people hear the word “statistics,” they think of either sports-related numbers or the college class they took and barely passed. While statistics can be thought about in these terms, there is more to the relationship between you and statistics than you probably imagine.

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Everyone’s talking about data: open data, big data, private data--it’s the latest buzzword to sweep through the sector. And it’s coming at us from all directions; from social media allowing us to see things in real time; digital avenues making it easier to combine data, interrogate it and react to it fast; and government at last opening up their data sets to outsiders, including us.

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getstats is a campaign of the Royal Statistical Society.

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Statistics2013 Activities

December 16, 2020

Below are the Statistics2013 events and activities that will be held around the world this week. To see the complete list of activities for 2013, click here.

  • December 20-23, 2013 — International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) International Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
  • December 23-24, 2013National Seminar on Biostatistics and Data Analytics Page 1 and Page 2, Maharaja Sayajiaro University of Baroda Department of Statistics, Vadodara, India
  • December 23-26, 2013 — 48th International Conference on Statistics, Computer Science and Operations Research (SCSOR48), Institute of Statistical Studies and Research, Cairo, Egypt
  • December 23, 2013-January 1 , 2014 — International Year of Statistics at the 33rd Science Agriculture and Village Industry Fair, Garalgacha High School Science Club, Hooghly, India
  • December 26-28, 2013 — International Conference on Recent Advances in Statistics and Their Applications in conjuction with the XXXIII annual convention of the Indian Society For Probability and Statistics, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Department of Statistics, Aurangabad, India
  • December 28-31, 2013 — Statistics 2013 International Conference: Socio-Economic and Sustainable Challenges and Solutions, CR RAO Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

Statistics2013 Blog

By Lucy Irving

I’ve been teaching research methods in psychology for some time. Teaching statistics can be challenging; students say ‘stats’ are the scariest part of their degree. So I try to make sessions fun and engaging, finding myself rhyming and generally moving around a lot.

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Significance Magazine

Cities are dangerous places to cycle – and a sudden spike in deaths has brought a media furore. But do they mean that something on the streets has changed? Between November 5th and November 13th, 2013 a total of six cyclists were killed whilst cycling in London. These six women and men, purely going about their daily business, were quite simply cut short in their prime.

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Significance is a publication of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.

Bhogle the Mind
Census at School

Try the Stats2013AtSchool Quiz!

October 21, 2020

Census at School Program »

Challenge Yourself Today!

We are proud to introduce Stats2013AtSchool—a Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education and American Statistical Association special project expressly designed for schools and students worldwide in support of the International Year of Statistics.

Stats2013AtSchool features an international statistics quiz for school-aged learners. This fun, online quiz is based on WinAtSchool, a competition which comprises multiple choice questions in

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Census at School is a free, web-based classroom project that engages primary and secondary school students in statistical problemsolving using their own data. This international educational initiative, launched in 2000 in the United Kingdom by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education, has programs operating in several countries.

Click here to view the Census at School program in your country or others around the world.

Statistician Job of the Week

By Dean Follmann

Rain… How dramatic. I was on my way to take an early train from Washington, D.C. to New York to present an independent analysis of a very visible and hugely controversial HIV vaccine clinical trial. And now Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard. Oh well, I thought, this will just add to the excitement.

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