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Visualising Uncertainty

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The Phoenix Society Presents: Professor David Spiegelhalter

The mathematical language of uncertainty is probability, but there is also a visual language that tries to represent what may turn out to be the case. I will look at different ways that people have tried to illustrate their uncertainty, including some recent work in the presentation of possible futures.

David is currently the Winston Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk and a fellow of Churchill College. Much of his research surrounds the use of statistics in understanding risk for individuals and society and he has used this in both academic and educational publications. Having been a consultant to several public and private organisations, he also gave evidence in the Harold Shipman inquiry and led the statistical team investigating children’s heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. David is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to medical statistics.

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