Edinburgh RSS local group
Meetings 2007-2008


Who we are and what we do: finding out with the Scottish Household Survey
Steven Hope, Research Director, Ipsos MORI
Mairi MacAskill, Scottish Household Survey Project Manger, Scottish Government
Tuesday 9 October 2007, 6-7pm (refreshments 5.30pm)
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
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Abstract
The Scottish Household Survey has run since 1999 collecting information about the composition, characteristics and behaviour of Scottish households. With an annual sample of around 15,000 households and covering a wide range of policy, the survey provides the Executive with data for formulating policy and monitoring implementation. In 2007, the survey underwent significant development, including redesign of the sampling strategy and significant unclustering, development of within-survey sampling and the new Culture and Sport module. This talk will introduce the survey, outline questions that the data can answer, discuss 2007 changes and implications of the complex design for analysis of the data.


Data warehousing: examples from the Scottish Criminal Justice System and the National Health Service in Scotland
Sandy Taylor, Statistician, Scottish Government, Justice Analytical Services Divisions (ASD)
Jill Telfer, Head of Programme, Scottish Health Information Service, Information Services Division (ISD)
Tuesday 13 November 2007, 6-7pm (refreshments 5.30pm)
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ Download poster for advertising: MS Word, PDF

Abstract
This talk will be in two parts, exploring recent developments in data warehousing in Scotland.


Shiela Bird, Chair of External Relations Group, Royal Statistical Society
Andrew Garratt, Press and Public Affairs Officers, Royal Statistical Society
Engaging with the media - the work of the RSS's External Relations Group
Tuesday 8 January 2008, 6-7pm (refreshments 5.30pm) International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
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Abstract
This talk presents an opportunity to hear about the RSS's communications strategy, including the Scottish launch of the RSS's ``media toolkit'', and will outline best practice for interactions between statisticians and the media.


Nathanael Benjamin, Financial Services Authority
Review of risk models in financial supervision
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 6-7pm (refreshments 5.30pm)
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
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Abstract
Under the new framework of prudential supervision, known in the Financial Services Industry as Basel 2, financial institutions now have the opportunity to apply for permission to use their internal risk models to estimate directly the minimum regulatory capital required to ensure solvency. This presentation will outline statistical challenges encountered in the course of credit risk model reviews.


David Bartholomew, Department of Statistics, London School of Economics
Ian Deary, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Martin Lawn, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh
Mental Testing in Scotland (1925-1950): The Untold Statistical Story
Tuesday 8 April 2008, 6-7pm (refreshments 5.30pm)
International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 14 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6EZ
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Abstract
Sir Godfrey Thomson ran a major mental testing operation from Moray House, Edinburgh between 1925 and 1950. He, and his assistants, also made remarkable statistical innovations which are less widely recognised. We shall give an account of some of the problems they tackled and the personalities involved.


Speaker: Professor Mike Campbell (Professor in Medical Statistics, Health Services Research, University of Sheffield)
Title: 30 years of Medical Statistics (followed by AGM)
(followed by AGM)
Tuesday 13 May 2008, 5.30-7pm (refreshments 5pm)
Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
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Abstract
The speaker will describe how statistical methods in Medical Statistics have changed over his career. At the start, important landmark papers by Cox(1972)and Nelder and Wedderburn (1972) were becoming better known, and programs were written on punch cards. Bayesian methods were for philosophers rather than practicing statisticians. Many things are much better these days, in particular the recognition of the importance of statistics. However, many things remain the same, in particular teaching statistics to doctors has not become any easier!


The committee for 2007-2008 consisted of:
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