Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
Simpson’s Paradox: How to make vaccinated death figures misleading
Vaccines are the best way to stop deaths and serious cases related to covid19, this is an irrefutable fact. However, recent ONS data seems to show that vaccinated people had a higher all cause death rate than unvaccinated people. Why is this data misleading? Here’s a clue: it’s to do with a quirky statistical phenomenon called Simpsons Paradox.
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A TikTok tale
Nowadays if you are an academic and who needs some participants for a study you go online, but over the summer academic studies were inundated with participants who all happened to be teenage girls ... we explore how one TikTok can tip the balance of data gathering.
Presenter: Tim Harford
Producer: Chris Flynn
(Image: TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone screen/Getty/NurPhoto/contributor)
The carbon cost of breakfast at COP26
A French minister told people to eat fewer croissants at this year’s COP26 summit, after the menu said the carbon cost of the pastry was higher than that of a bacon roll, even if it was made without butter. Tim Harford investigates whether this claim could be true, and how the effect of food on climate change can be measured.
(Image: Continental breakfast with coffee and croissants: Getty/Cris Cantón)
Same data, opposite results. Can we trust research?
When Professor Martin Schweinsberg found that he was consistently reaching different conclusions to his peers, even with the same data, he wondered if he was incompetent. So he set up an experiment.
What he found out emphasises the importance of the analyst, but calls into question the level of trust we can put into research.
Features an excerpt from TED Talks
The art of counting
Who is counting, why are they counting, and what are they are counting?
These three questions are important to ask when trying to understand numbers, according to Deborah Stone, author of Counting, How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters.
In this episode, she explains how different ways of totting up can have real-world consequences.
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The numbers behind Squid Game
Netflix has announced that South Korean survival drama Squid Game is its most popular series ever.
We scrutinise the statistics behind the claim, and look at the odds of surviving one of the show’s deadly contests.
My only complaint is the ANNOYINGLY LOUD SOUND after ADs.
Sometimes good, sometimes awful
It has often been good, but then the guest about the “gender pay gap” was a reporter from leftist NPR. I unfollowed the podcast. It isn’t that I object to disparate opinions, I object to activism masquerading as expertise. Surely the host of the show knows that there are experts on this topic.
I share this podcast all the time!
I am so glad i stumbled upon this podcast. The explanations and statistical analysis done by the contributors is fascinating.
I would like to have access to some of the research articles, etc mentioned in each episode for further reading and education.