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Congratulations to Paul Jenkins on his promotion to Associate Professor
Many congratulations to Paul Jenkins for his promotion to Associate Professor with effect from 1st September 2017. Well done, Paul!
Congratulations to Simon Spencer on his promotion to Associate Professor.
Many congratulations to Simon Spencer for his promotion to Associate Professor with effect from 16th June 2017. Well done, Simon!
The election-day exit poll methods developed by Warwick Statistics professor David Firth surprised the world yet again at 10pm on election day, immediately after the polling stations closed.
The exit poll, commissioned jointly by broadcasters BBC, ITV and Sky, correctly predicted that the Conservatives would be the largest party in a hung parliament as the result of last Thursday's election. This was quite different from what had been expected by most politicians, commentators and the global financial markets — and a long way short of the increased majority that PM Theresa May had wanted when she called a snap election (three years earlier than scheduled).
Professor Firth said:
It's very pleasing that this continues to work so well — and especially pleasing that most people seem now to trust that the exit-poll prediction will usually be fairly accurate, regardless of the various pre-election opinion polls and punditry that might suggest otherwise.
For the full story and details of the methods used, see warwick.ac.uk/exitpolling.
In Memoriam: Dr Geoff Freeman
Dr Geoff Freeman, former head of the Statistical Consultancy Unit in the Dept of Statistics has passed away, aged 88. He was a much valued colleague. There will be a humanist conducted service to commemorate his life at the Charlecote Pheasant on June 15th at 11.15 am
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