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Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed?

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed? Creative commons image Voo De Mar under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2016
Sport is awash in data - so you'd assume it'd be easy to tell if a game has been rigged on the whim of a shady gambling syndicate. It's not that...

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics returns.

More or Less: interview with Tim Harford

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More or Less: interview with Tim Harford Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Jan 2016
Tim Harford, from More or Less, talks with Kevin McConway on why statistics matter and how they can impact the future.

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct?

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct? Creative commons image Caruso Penguin under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
If we count everyone as a migrant every time they cross any border within the EU, how can we get a clear picture of migration numbers, asks Nando...

How to compare income across countries

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How to compare income across countries Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
When we want to compare figures from two different countries, what makes for a fair basis of comparison? Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling explain. 

An introduction to visualising development data

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An introduction to visualising development data Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling introduce us to visualising development data and explore bar charts, line charts and scatter graphs. 

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

More or Less - Past episodes

More or Less - Past episodes Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
Go back in time by exploring past episodes of More or Less, BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs Creative commons image e-Magine Art under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
As the series draws to a close, Tim Harford and the More or Less team are packing in the statistical goodies so that you can go into numerical...

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Analysing skid marks

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Analysing skid marks Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 May 2014
This free course, Analysing skid marks, is the second in the series of five courses on mathematical modelling. In it you are asked to relate the...

Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables

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Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 15 Apr 2014
This free course, Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables, is concerned with two main topics. In Section 1, you will learn about another kind of...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of mathematics is highly relevant to every aspect of modern society. Its tools...

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life, and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. They’re...