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Statistics and crime

Publication date: Mar 07, 2011 10:58 AM

Start: May 25, 2010 11:00 AM
End: May 25, 2010 12:00 PM

Location: Brook House

Speaker: Professor Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office
Audience: SECReT students

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Professor Bernard Silverman, the newly appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office, and leading academic at the Statistics Department at Oxford University, visited UCL SECReT to engage our students in a thought-provoking discussion on how statistics can be compiled and interpreted in a myriad ways to provide data on crime. The talk led to a spirited discussion on how statistical ingenuity can be used either to ‘tweak’ crime figures to make certain crimes appear less prevalent, or to highlight areas of genuine concern which may otherwise be neglected.