statistics

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 useful tool for spotting trends in data.

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

Are you stumped by the dating game? Never fear — 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?

Why a positive test result doesn't necessarily mean you have the disease.

Why a DNA match doesn't necessarily prove your guilt.

Opinion polls, election forecasts, testing new medical drugs — none of these would be possible without the central limit theorem.

Why a time-honoured statistical tool is becoming problematic.

David Spiegelhalter's new book Sex by numbers takes a statistical peak into the nation's bedrooms. In this interview he tells us some of his favourite stories from the book.