Category Archives: Science

Another Week, Another Nonsense Graph from the Government!

So another week passes by with yet more truly awful science from the UK Government

(Yes, it may well be true that the real Covid-19 scientists are working well – and properly – in the background but it’s becoming increasing obvious that ministers in front of the camera either don’t – or won’t – understand what they’re being told.)

This probably sums it up as well as anything could:  https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/05/10/boris-johnsons-covid-19-update-speech-went-down-like-a-cough-in-a-lift/ but the focus of this particular post is that graph above.

What the hell is that?

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How to Lie with Statistics!

This month’s post is inspired by two things.  Firstly, a wonderful textbook, a set pre-university text from my days as a maths student: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Lie-Statistics-Penguin-Business/dp/0140136290

Secondly, this:

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AI/Machine Learning for Minefield Clearance

“Glyndwr University researcher seeks real world data to develop AI landmine clearance”

A landmine research project which aims to develop an artificial intelligence approach to mine clearance is being developed at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

The project – which is currently in its developmental stages – is being developed by Computing PhD student Alexander Bruckbauer who is working on building the model under the supervision of Professor of Computing Futures Vic Grout.

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Research into Effective Age-Gating for Online Alcohol Sales

An open request for help/consultation here.  Please get in contact if you can …

Two researchers at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Jess Muirhead and Prof. Vic Grout, have been commissioned by Alcohol Change UK to undertake a study of the effectiveness of online ‘age-gating’ mechanism’s in preventing under 18-year olds from purchasing alcohol via the Internet.  We have limited time to complete this research and produce our report so we are looking to conduct interviews with relevant actors (finance, producers, suppliers, distributers, retailers, web-designers, local authorities, customers, etc.) as quickly as possible.  Thus, we’re hoping we can arrange an opportunity to speak with people at their earliest convenience.  We can talk on the phone, face-to-face (travel costs permitting), using any online software or any other format that suits anyone.

We’d like to stress unequivocally that anonymity will we be guaranteed throughout.  We will not record these discussions and no individual attribution will appear in our final report.  Although we might takes the roughest of notes during the interview, these will be only to remind us of points to follow up on to guide us in our ongoing research.  This is essentially a fact-finding exercise; certainly not any sort of ‘undercover operation’.  There will be no ‘blaming or shaming’: we simply want to get a clearer idea of what processes are in place; what works and what doesn’t.  We’re also naturally very interested indeed in others’ thoughts on how future processes could be improved.

So we’d be extremely grateful to anyone who could spare half an hour or so to help us with this research.  If you can, and considering the element of urgency in this, could you please get back to us quickly by any of the following means:

Thank you in advance and we look forward to talking to you.

Yours,

Jess Muirhead & Vic Grout, Department of Computing, Wrexham Glyndŵr University