Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) February 10, 2012
Beginning with the February issue, Significance, a magazine about statistics and data in the real world, will publish six issues a year, up from four issues. The February issue hits newsstands today and features articles on topics ranging from the evolving climate to the devastation of Wall Street. Content is not for statisticians only. Authors from both sides of the Atlantic have contributed their expertise on these and a variety of other topics in language that can be read and understood by anyone interested in statistics and the interpretation of data.
"Moving from four issues per year to six is part of the growth strategy that was developed when the RSS and the ASA formed a partnership to publish this wonderful magazine," said Ron Wasserstein, ASA executive director. "Statistics is a rich and diverse field, applying to much of everyday life, so the demand for more issues in which to capture this richness and diversity is a natural step in the development of Significance."
Articles in the current issue include:
- To boldly and safely go – NASA is planning long-duration missions to the asteroids and Mars. Author/biostatistician Robert Ploutz-Snyder is helping to ensure that astronauts can survive these missions.
- Our evolving climate – If the world is warming, why are some years cooler than the ones that went before? Author Ed Hawkins examines the consensus view.
- The formula that killed Wall Street – A single elegant equation seemed to make correlation easy to handle, but was misapplied. Prize-winning journalist Felix Salmon tells how it devastated the world of finance.
- Why do statisticians answer silly questions that no one ever asks? – Matt Briggs says why not try real questions that people actually want answered.
Publication dates for the remaining five issues will be April, June, August, October and December. Significance is available by subscription at http://www.significancemagazine.org/view/subscribe.html; ASA and RSS members receive the magazine as a benefit of membership.
Individuals interested in submitting an article to Significance can contact the editor, Julian Champkin, at significance [at] rss.org.uk.
The Significance website, which is updated daily and has many online exclusive articles, can be viewed at http://www.significancemagazine.org. Recent articles on the site included:
- Pet therapy – Sick as a dog. Or not.
- Apple Inc. – a one-man Jobs?
- Stats vs. Crime: As seen on TV
- Chili statistics
Visitors to the site can view articles in a number of categories, including Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Finance and Economy, and Sports.
Significance is a high quality, highly respected and well circulated publication that is directed not only to statisticians but also to the general public interested in statistics and the analysis and use of data. The bi-monthly magazine, which the RSS has published since 2004, uses non-statistical language to communicate and demonstrate, in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, the practical use of statistics in all walks of life and to show how statistics benefit society.
About the Royal Statistical Society
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) was founded in 1834 and is the UK's only professional and learned society devoted to the interests of statistics and statisticians. It is also one of the most influential and prestigious statistical societies in the world. The Society has an international membership of over 7,000, and is active in promoting the public understanding of statistics and acts as an advocate for the interests of statisticians and users of statistics. For more information, please visit http://www.rss.org.uk or call +44 20 7638 8998.
About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.
For more information:
American Statistical Association
rosanne [at] amstat.org
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