More or Less: Behind the Stats

More or Less: Behind the Stats

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En Radio 4 BBC

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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Inviting Covid for Dinner

If you go to a gathering of 10 or more people, what are the chances one of you has coronavirus? Imagine that...

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Vaccine numbers

A vaccine which has shown in a clinical trial to be 90% effective against Covid 19 has been widely welcomed. But what...

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How deadly is Covid 19?

Tim Harford explores what we know about mortality rates in the current pandemic. We discuss the differences between...

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Asymptomatic Covid19 Cases

A headline in a British tabloid newspaper claimed that ‘Staggering 86% who tested Covid positive in lockdown...

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US election: facts or fiction

Tim Harford hears about the sheer volume of false claims made during the campaign. President Trump is well known for...

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Auction Theory - Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson

Paul Milgrom and his former tutor Robert Wilson worked together for years developing ways to run complicated auctions...

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A short history of probability

Tim Harford speaks to Jacob Goldstein about the unholy marriage of mathematicians, gamblers, and actuaries at the...

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Spreadsheet snafu, ‘Long Covid’ quantified, and the birth of probability

After nearly 16,000 cases disappeared off coronaviruses spreadsheets, we ask what went wrong. How common are lasting...

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“Record” Covid cases, Trump on the death count, and ant pheromones

Case counts in perspective, a suspect stat from the US, and life lessons from insects.

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Covid curve queried, false positives, and the Queen’s head

A scary government graph this week showed what would happen if coronavirus cases doubled every seven days. But is...

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