## statistics

Is the proposed ABBA rule for penalty shootouts really fairer than the existing rule? Maths shows that it is, and also suggests another, more subtle rule.

David Spiegelhalter, one of our favourite experts on statistics, recently joined David Attenborough, Bill Bryson and other eminent contributors on the Royal Society's *People of Science* series. You can watch the video here.

Can a pint a day give you dementia? Yes, if reported claims of a recent study are to be believed, but no if you have a closer look at the data the study was based on.

If you're bored with the average, then move on to the variance!

Whether you're aware of it or not, the language you use to express yourself follows strict mathematical principles.

A brief introduction to the famous nurse and statistician.

A little bit of maths can go a long way in telling the truth from lies.

*Plus*is here! This article looks at one of the central questions of dating: how many people should you date before settling for something serious?