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Use and Misuse of stats



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Series: Good Practice in Research Week

Speaker: Professor Jane Hutton (Department of Statistics, University of Warwick)

Uses and Abuses of Data and Statistics

Statistics is essential for ethical research. Statistical methods for study design, data management and analysis provide a framework for good decision-making under uncertainty.

As part of the third day of City’s Good Practice in Research Week, Open Scholarship, Professor Jane Hutton will use this session, aimed at Academics and Phd Students, to summarise ethical theories, and to discuss criteria for judging what are the 'best' data and conclusions. Consent is often expected to ensure ethical practice. However, missing data, confidentiality and censorship are also important, and not independent of consent. The role of statistics in assessing biases, reproducibility, discrimination or fraud will be explored.

Introduction given by Dr Andreas Tsanakas, Reader in Actuarial Science, Cass Business School.


  • 16:00 - arrival
  • 16:30 - Introduction
  • 16:35 - Keynote Presentation by Professor Jane Hutton
  • 17:25 - Questions
  • 17:50 - Drinks*

The questions section will include questions from the speaker to the audience.


Jane works in medical statistics, with special interests in survival analysis, meta-analysis and non-random data.

Professor Hutton's research has had impact through clinical guidelines and in legal cases. Work in epilepsy is cited in National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), SIGN and WHO guidance. Medico-legal cases have addressed life expectancy of people with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, and adverse effects of drugs. Expert witness reports have been provided for cases in Australia, Canada, Eire, Hong Kong, South Africa and the four countries of the United Kingdom.

Professor Hutton has written extensively on ethics and philosophy of statistics, in response to challenges arising from medical research and discussions with international statistical colleagues and philosophers. She has contributed to Research Council ethics guidelines. She co-funded Ethics in Mathematics 2, the second Cambridge meeting on Ethics in Mathematics.

She is Chair of the Statistics and the Law section of the Royal Statistical Society.

*If you wish to stay for the wine reception 17:30-20:30, please indicate on your booking form.

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When and where

4.00pm - 8.30pmWednesday 30th October 2019

ELG02 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom