Talk on Trust in Numbers

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS, OBE gave a talk on Trust in Numbers to the SW RSS local group on the 25th of April. He stressed the importance of statisticians in helping people form critical thinking and that organisations should seek to be trustworthy rather than aimed to be trusted. The photo shows the Secretary of the local group, Dr Yinghui Wei, with David on Plymouth Hoe.

New award of computer time on Dirac supercomputer

Dr. Vincent Drach from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University has been awarded 830 000 CPUhs from Dirac (a distributed supercomputer in the UK)  for a project with the title:  Signature of compositeness at the LHC. The aim is to study the resonance properties of the vector state in the theory, because this will provide useful information in the search for this theoretical particle at the LHC.

Public lecture on statistics

Next week the RSS South West Local Group have organized a public lecture on statistics. The details are below:

Speaker: Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, President of the Royal Statistical Society

Title:       “Trust in Numbers”

 Date:     Wednesday 25 April 2018

Time:     5pm

Venue:   Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA


New paper on visualisation of algorithm parametrisations.

Dr Matthew Craven has published a collaborative work on the visualisation of algorithm parametrisations. The algorithms are of several different widely-used types and are used on OR/Mathematical benchmark problems and water network design in the water industry. The paper was presented by collaborator, Dr David Walker from the University of Exeter, yesterday at the EvoIndustry conference in Parma, Italy, and feeds in to a journal paper currently being written for imminent submission.

The work is available here: