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January Newsletter

Hi everyone- Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a festive holiday period and found some time to catch up on those deep learning research papers you had been meaning to dig into… Fingers crossed 2021 proves better than 2020…. as a start, how about welcoming in the new year with a fewContinue reading “January Newsletter”

December Newsletter

Hi everyone- It’s hard to believe it’s December… in some respects the year has felt incredibly slow as we have watched the pandemic run its inexorable course; and then in other ways it feels like a blur of zoom calls and box sets that has gone by in a flash. Lets hope 2021 proves better…Continue reading “December Newsletter”

November Newsletter

Hi everyone- It’s all go… US Presidential Elections, second waves, third tiers and second lockdowns, all while struggling to maintain some semblance of professionalism for the next Zoom call… Definitely time for ‘self-care’ via some selected data science reading materials! Following is the November edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. HopefullyContinue reading “November Newsletter”

How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view

A critical piece of the UK Test and Trace infrastructure failed hard this week. All contacts of almost 16,000 COVID-19 infected people were allowed to circulate unknowingly for an entire seven days in the community. That’s about 50,000 people. I’m not going to complain about Public Health England (PHE) using excel to merge the testContinue reading “How not to lose 16,000 COVID-19 test results: a data scientist’s view”

October Newsletter

Hi everyone- As the rain pours down it definitely feels like winter has arrived- all the more reason to spend some time indoors huddled up with some good data science reading materials! Following is the October edition of our Royal Statistical Society Data Science Section newsletter. Hopefully some interesting topics and titbits to feed yourContinue reading “October Newsletter”

Lessons on Algorithm ethics from UK Exam algorithm story

This document chronicles the recent controversy surrounding the UK exams fiasco where an algorithmic approach was rejected and demonstrates areas where those building and deploying models must be vigilant and have training, process and governance in placeGiles Pavey – September 2021 Background In March 2020, the UK Government made the significant policy in response toContinue reading “Lessons on Algorithm ethics from UK Exam algorithm story”

Ethics Happy Hours

Announcing our new Data Science Section Initiative: Share and discuss ethical challenges encountered in your professional life during Ethics Happy Hours Ethical questions are ubiquitous in pursuing real-world data science projects. During the Covid-19 crisis, controversies around the design of contact tracing apps or the moderation of GCSE and A-level results have recently served asContinue reading “Ethics Happy Hours”


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