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Part 2, further comments on OfS grade-inflation report

January 7, 2019
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Part 2, further comments on OfS grade-inflation report

Update, 2019-01-07: I am pleased to say that the online media article that I complained about in Sec 1 below has now been amended by its author(s), to correct the false attributions.  I am grateful to Chris Parr for helping to sort this out. In my post a few days ago (which I’ll now call

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Office for Students report on “grade inflation”

January 2, 2019
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Office for Students report on “grade inflation”

A journalist asked me to look at a recent report, Analysis of degree classifications over time: Changes in graduate attainment.  The report was published by the UK government’s Office for Students (OfS) on 19 December 2018, along with a headline-grabbing press release: The report uses a statistical method — the widely used method of logistic

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Simple maths of a fairer USS deal

March 16, 2018
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Simple maths of a fairer USS deal

This will be my last post for a while (I promise!).  After today I’ll be taking a rest from all this, until at least the start of April.  Hopefully all this USS stuff will be resolved by then, though! In yesterday’s post I showed a graph, followed by some comments to suggest that future USS

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USS proposals: Tail wagging the dog?

March 15, 2018
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USS proposals: Tail wagging the dog?

In response to my previous post, “Latest USS proposal: Who would lose most?“, someone asked me about doing the same calculation for the USS JNC-supported proposals from January.  For a summary of those January proposals and my comments about their fairness, please see my earlier post “USS pension scheme and fairness“. Anyway, the calculation is

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Latest USS proposal: Who would lose most?

March 13, 2018
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Latest USS proposal: Who would lose most?

Yesterday the UUK/UCU negotiations at ACAS concluded with an agreement document. In this post I’ll look at the numbers in those proposed interim changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme, to work out how much money would effectively be lost by USS members at each salary level. This is inevitably a fairly rough calculation, but its

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Exit poll for June 2017 election (UK)

June 11, 2017
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Exit poll for June 2017 election (UK)

It has been a while since I posted anything here, but I can’t resist this one. Let me just give three numbers.  The first two are: 314, the number of seats predicted for the largest party (Conservatives) in the UK House of Commons, at 10pm in Thursday (i.e., before even a single vote had been

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R and citations by David Firth

June 25, 2011
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R and citations by David Firth

We’re hosting the international useR! conference at Warwick this summer, and I thought it might be interesting to try to get some data on how the use of R is growing. I decided to look at scholarly citations to R, mainly because I know where to f...

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R and citations

June 25, 2011
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R and citations

We’re hosting the international useR! conference at Warwick this summer, and I thought it might be interesting to try to get some data on how the use of R is growing. I decided to look at scholarly citations to R, mainly because I know where to find the relevant information. I have access to the

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