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The Monty Hall spreadheet

August 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Monty Hall spreadheet · Life

Somebody at work recently discovered the Monty Hall problem and got into an argument with a colleague about it, which led to him writing a VB program to demonstrate the solution. I suggested that you could probably knock up a decent simulation of the solution in Excel, using only in-cell formulas and not resorting to […]

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Post-election anoraking

May 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Politics

Tonight was Crawley Labour’s constituency meeting and, unsurprisingly, the mood was good. I enjoyed congratulating Peter Smith, Colin Moffatt and Chris Mullins on winning their seats and others for holding onto theirs. There was also a new leader of the Labour group to congratulate.

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Mindboggling aviation statistics

May 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Mindboggling aviation statistics · Technology

For some reason I was looking at the Wikipedia page for the B-24 Liberator WWII heavy bomber, saw the numbers that were built and it got me thinking.  It sounded like a lot (18,482 built in 6 years) so I started looking around at the numbers built of other aircraft for comparison and came up […]

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Number-crunching the leadership ballot

September 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics

I was pleased to see the data behind the leadership ballot released, and also a little surprised. But mostly pleased. The data is available as a Google Doc here and you can download it all to your own computer to pull it about in Excel. ((or Open Office of course))

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Is it 18 months already?

August 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Is it 18 months already? · Music, Technology

Spotify still feels like a new toy, but it appears I have been using it for about least a year and a half now.   Soon after I started on Spotify I started scrobbling to last.fm and I have just reached the milestone of having listened to 20,000 tracks since then.  Looking at the statistics on […]

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Lessons for the left

February 6th, 2010 · 23 Comments · Politics

I found this article on the BBC website to be in equal measures interesting and depressing.  It is called Why do people vote against their best interests? and is about the US healthcare issue, but really has lessons for the left over here too.

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Sick statistics

January 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Life

Should there be some sort of exam where journalists have to display even a rudimentary grasp of statistics before they are allowed to go around journalling all over the place?   I have just been reading this piece from the Telegraph about people taking sick days.

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Superstition

July 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Superstition · Life

Last week somebody in Horsham bought a lottery ticket at Waitrose in Piries Place and won £2.3 million.  This week, if the papers are to be believed, business has been booming for the Waitrose lottery machine as people have been flocking to buy a ticket from the ‘lucky shop’.  Which part of “random” is it […]

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Alternative medicine success story?

February 20th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Technology

According to this story: (which refers to this earlier story) There is growing evidence that acupuncture can greatly increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant I am more than a bit sceptical about claims for medical treatment based on theories like “the body’s major organs use energy pathways to communicate and that malaise occurs whenever […]

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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

January 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Life

Only I couple of weeks ago I was pouring scorn on a set of meaningless statistics, and now there is another set which is not as bad but which says the opposite.

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