More or Less: Behind the Stats

More or Less: Behind the Stats

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Covid 19 death count: which countries are faring worst?

Are different countries counting deaths from Covid 19 in the same way? Tim Harford finds out if we can trust...

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Comparing death counts, Lock Down drinking and Long Covid

The UK was the first European country to surpass 100,000 deaths from Covid 19. The UK has one of the worst death...

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How much Covid in the World?

If we brought all the virus particles of the Sars-CoV-2 virus from every human currently infected, how much would...

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Brexit exports, cladding and are 1 in 5 disabled?

Are exports to the EU from the UK down 68% since Brexit? This apocalyptic statistic is being widely reported, but...

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Glasgow vs Rwanda

Tim explores a shocking claim that life expectancy in some parts of Glasgow is less than it is in Rwanda. But is that...

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Teachers, Test & Trace and Butterflies

Prominent Labour politicians have claimed teachers are more likely to catch Covid-19, is that true? England’s...

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Teachers, Test & Trace and Butterflies

Prominent Labour politicians have claimed teachers are more likely to catch Covid-19, is that true? England’s...

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The Rapid Test Row

A ferocious row has broken out among scientists about new coronavirus tests. Lateral flow tests provide results...

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Deaths at home, supermarket infections and the Cobra effect

Since the start of the pandemic there have been many warnings that people might die not just from the coronavirus...

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Deaths at Home, Supermarket Infections and the Cobra Effect

Since the start of the pandemic there have been many warnings that people might die not just from the coronavirus...

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Counting Covid’s impact on GDP

GDP figures for the period covering lockdown appear to show that the UK suffered a catastrophic decline, worse than...

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Will the vaccine bring back normal life? GDP and Fishing

The vaccine rollout continues: how long will it take before we see the benefits, and what benefits will we see?...

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How effective is one dose of the vaccine?

A lot has changed since More or Less was last on air. We give you a statistical picture of the second wave: how bad...

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Ants and Algorithms

What can ants tells us about whether something deserves to be popular? This is a question tackled in David...

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Numbers of the year: Part one

Tim Harford asks a group of numbers-minded people to take a look back on the year and think of one statistic that...

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Numbers of the year: Part two

From the economic impact of Covid 19 to the number of people who have access to soap and water, we showcase figures...

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The economics of a Covid Christmas

Tim Harford asks economist Joel Waldfogel how Covid 19 could affect spending at Christmas this year. They discuss the...

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QAnon: Child runaways and trafficking numbers debunked

Tim Harford looks at false statistical claims online about missing and trafficked children in the US. These numbers...

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Vaccines: how safe and who gets it?

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the use of a vaccine for Covid 19. But some people are...

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Tracking Covid 19

This year has shown us the importance of good robust data - as Covid-19 spread around the world it was vital to track...

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