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Kevin McConway is Professor of Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The Open University.

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Statistics and the law

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2011
With clean-up rates and reoffending numbers, discussions of crime often circle back to statistics. But are these 'facts' really such reliable...

Statistically significant: The US Supreme Court takes a view

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2011
A lawsuit over a cold remedy has forced the US Supreme Court into deciding what might be statistically significant.

Darwin and statistics

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Mar 2009
Little did Darwin realise, as he puzzled over the numerical data he collected, that he was laying the foundations of statistics. Kevin McConway...

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Inside interview

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Inside interview Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Oct 2007
Tim Harford became presenter of More Or Less in October 2007 - and one of his first tasks was to be grilled by Kevin McConway, academic consultant...

Averages

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2007
We often quote averages, but do we really know what they are? Kevin McConway explains the difference between mean, median and mode.

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Statistics and the law Copyrighted image Credit: Innershadows | Dreamstime.com
Comment posted by Michael Smith on 3rd May 2012
The last bit of this article is a good example of how to mislead with the selective use of statistics! ...
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Comment posted by Alec Gordon on 2nd May 2012
can you define "many" please professor?
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Comment posted by ved joshi on 16th Apr 2012
Smoking Cigarettes is always show the bad effects on the body. There are many people are addicted to smoking and this smoking addiction is not good for the health of the people and it will be the...
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Comment posted by Winston George on 19th Mar 2012
I know this article is a few years old now (5) but interesting all the same, you know there would be one way of part answering some of this !! ...

Professor Kevin McConway's research

George Kafatos et al. (2013) Regression models for censored serological data, In Journal of Medical Microbiology

Nicola Dallas et al. (2012-12) The results of real time brachytherapy for the management of low and intermediate risk prostate cancer in patients with prostate volumes up to 100 ml., In BJU International

Yoseph Negusse Araya et al. (2012-11) Do niche-structured plant communities exhibit phylogenetic conservatism? A test case in an endemic clade, In Journal of Ecology 6(100)

Jennifer Worthington et al. (2012-04) Evolution MegaLab: a case study in citizen science methods, In Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2(3)

Jonathan Silvertown et al. (2011-04-27) Citizen science reveals unexpected continental-scaleevolutionary change in a model organism, In PLoS ONE 4(6)

Yoseph Negusse Araya et al. (2011-01) A fundamental, eco-hydrological basis for niche segregation in plant communities, In New Phytologist 1(189)

Yoseph Negusse Araya et al. (2010-11) Variation in δ13C among species and sexes in the family Restionaceae along a fine-scale hydrological gradient, In Austral Ecology 7(35)

Yoseph Negusse Araya et al. (2008) Evolution of hydrological niches in Restionaceae: a project update, Keith Phillips Images

Hélène Fréville et al. (2007) Prediction of extinction in plants: interaction of extrinsic threats and life history traits, In Ecology 10(88), ECOLOGICAL SOC AMER

Jonathan Silvertown et al. (2006-07) Phylogeny and the hierarchical organization of plant diversity, In Ecology 7, Sup(87), ECOLOGICAL SOC AMER

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