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Edinburgh Local Group


Welcome to the webpages of the Edinburgh local group of the Royal Statistical Society. We arrange an annual programme of talks and workshops intended to appeal to anyone with an interest in statistics. All of our events are free, and are open both to members of the RSS and to non-members. We typically organise 6-8 events per year, which are usually held on a Tuesday evening. Refreshments are available beforehand, and events are usually followed by a trip to either a pub or a restaurant.


Forthcoming Events

Event on Monday 1st June 2015:

Looking to the Future of the Past: a New Era in the Analysis of Historical Census Data?
Venue: Edinburgh University, Chrystal MacMillan Building (Seminar Room 4)
It is a free event, and everyone is welcome. Tea & coffee available from 17:30pm; talk is at 18:00-19:0

Speaker:Dr. Eilidh Garrett
Affiliation:Department of History, University of Essex

Abstract:
In Britain researchers using historical census data have, until very recently, tended to be straightjacketed by the data published in the Census Reports or constrained by the time and resources necessary for delving into the enumerators books. New digital resources are now opening up exciting opportunities to develop research and analysis of nineteenth and early twentieth century censuses in ways which could not have been contemplated previously. This presentation will consider how the censuses have contributed to past, present and possible future approaches to the study of the Fertility Transition using examples drawn from Scotland, England and Wales and Northern Ireland. The discussion will then be widened to consider other avenues of research which may benefit from the 'new' resource provided by the individual level data for complete populations spanning the decades between 1851 and 1911.

The speaker Eilidh Garrett is also giving a talk on the topic of "To know man's life, keep death still in your eye: learning about everyday life in nineteenth century Scotland from the civil registers of death" on the 2nd June at the National Records of Scotland (NRS) from 14:00 to 15:00.
Registration for this talk at NRS is required here but it is a free event to everyone.

Please do not miss the opportunity to join the speaker for her sequence of talks on Historical Census Data.


Presentations from Recent Events

Event in 2015:

"What is driving changes in crime in Scotland?" on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Professor Susan McVie - School of Law, University of Edinburgh (The presentation will be ready to downland very soon .pptx file)

Event in 2014:

"Quantitative Approaches to Financial Risks" on Thursday 29 January 2015

Juthamon Sithipolvanichgul - Scoring Method of Enterprise Risk Management.
Dr Douglas McLean - Challenges in Asset and Liability Proxy Modelling in Insurance.

Event in 2014:

"Big Data from Two Perspectives" on Thursday 16 October 2014

Prof Mark Keane - (Big) Data Analytics: From Word Counts to Population Opinions. (.pdf file)
Prof Marian Scott - Are there New Challenges in Environmetrics Arising from "Big Data?"

"Perceptions of the Weight of Statistical Evidence among Scientists" on Monday 19 May 2014

Richard D. Morey (From personal website)

"The Early History of Bayesian Statistics" on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Tom Leonard (slides) (.pptx file)

"Scotland's Referendum: Statistical Perspectives" on Wednesday 26th March 2014

Jim Cuthbert (statistician) & Margaret Cuthbert (economist) - The medium is (very much) the message (.ppt file)
David Walsh (GCPH, Glasgow) - Scotland: health, its determinants, and the potential implications of independence (.pdf file)
Roger Halliday (Chief Statistician) - The production of official statistics (.pptx file)
John Curtice (Strathclyde University) - The performance of the polls (.pptx file)

"Census 2011: Results so far and innovative ways to access data " on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Sandy Taylor - Scotland's Census 2011 (.pdf file)
Justin Hayes - New and easier ways of working with aggregate data and geographies from UK censuses (.ppt file)


Event in 2013:

"Freeing the power of administrative data" on Tuesday 12 November 2013

Dr Stephen Pavis (slides) (.pptx file)

"Bayesian computing with INLA" on Thursday 19 Sept 2013

Dr Andrew Lawson (slides) (.pdf file)
Dr Janine Illian (slides) (.pdf file)

"Stories and Statistics: what can the Sally Clark case tell us about the psychology of evidential reasoning?" on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Slides (.ppt file)

"The mysterious case of the disappearing crime in Scotland" on Tuesday 30 April 2013

Prof Susan McVie: slides (.pdf file)

"Using statistics to study wildlife" on Monday 18 February 2013

Dr Ruth King: slides (.pdf file)
Dr Kate Searle: slides (.pptx file)


Event in 2012:

"Alcohol in Scotland: from evidence to action" on Tuesday 13 November 2012

Slides (.ppt file)

"Matching of administrative data to validate the 2011 Census in England and Wales" on Wednesday 31 October 2012

Slides (.pptx file)

Royal Statistical Society Interdisciplinary Debate on Tuesday 12 June 2012:
Randomized controlled trials in medical research - gold standard or unhealthy fixation?

Professor Nancy Cartwright: slides (.pptx file)
Professor Nancy Cartwright: talk (.docx file)
Professor Gillian Raab: talk (.docx file)
Professor Gillian Raab: notes (.docx file)

How much does statistical illiteracy cost? GetStats event on Tuesday 27th March 2012

David Walker: slides (.pptx file)


Local Group Committee

Committee for 2014 session


Past Meetings

Details of past meetings are available here:


Further information

If you would like to receive email notifications of events that are organised by the group then please contact Jiayi Liu and ask to be added to the mailing list. Announcements of meetings are also posted to the ALLSTAT mailing list two weeks prior to the meeting.  


This page is maintained by Jiayi Liu. Last updated 26 February 2015.