Safety in Numbers: The Birthday Paradox

This time, Safety in Numbers celebrates its birthday the only way it knows how – but it’s not the only one… The Birthday Paradox is more than slightly counterintuitive in that it goes against everything we assume about probability.

Safety in Numbers… but for how long?

At a time when “post-truth” news is flooding our news and social media feeds, what does the future hold for research?

Safety in Numbers: Our research team reviews 2016

Forget Brexit and Trump. David Bowie’s death was the low point of 2016. Safety in Numbers tries to make sense of the madness in what has been a tough year for superfans.

Safety in Numbers: Dr. Feelsafe (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Probability)

This week Safety In Numbers goes on holiday and explores the impact that probability has on our perception of the world.

Safety in Numbers: The Best Day of the Year?

Brexit. Terrorism. Donald Trump. The papers are full of doom and gloom these days. Fortunately, Safety in Numbers has some good news for you…

Safety in Numbers: Are the stats against England in France?

The dissection of England’s Euro 2016 campaign has already begun following their imperious 1-1 draw with an unfancied Russian side ranked 29th in the world.

The Bank Of Mum And Dad Is A 100% Winner

  Google the phrase Bank of Mum and Dad and you get 19.9 million hits, while doing the same with 100% mortgages produces 37.4 million. 

Safety in Numbers: Iconoclastic Monikers and the Wisdom of Crowds

  The NERC’s new research vessel and its flotilla of supporters strike a blow to the Natural Environment Research Council – and Aristotle… The wisdom of crowds has always been an intriguing phenomenon. Aristotle’s 4th Century BC theory that the collective insight from a group of individuals can be as accurate as that of a…

Shrinking sell-side research: should we be concerned?

  Cast your mind back to September 2008 and the implosion of the once mighty Lehman Brothers empire. Remember when Nomura swooped down on the smouldering remains to pick up the European and Asian operations for a relative song? This decisive and swift move was then widely feted as Nomura would be catapulted in an…

Safety in Numbers: Lies, damned lies and statistics?

  Numbers are everywhere. They are the best way to quantify the world around us – from gauging how warm our environment is to helping us figure out whether to buy the Philips HR1867/21 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer or the Morphy Richards 48415 Easy Blend.