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Statisticians Nate Silver and Sam Wang run circles around the pundits

Tuesday's election result was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, but a validation for the new breed of so-called "big data" number crunchers.

Friday, 9 November, 2012, 12:03pm

The meaning of life can be found in a number: 42

For instance, statistics show the average age of overseas visitors to the Sevens is 42. So it's surely no coincidence that in Douglas Adams' eternally thought-provoking sci-fi comedy/philosophy classic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, "the answer to life, the universe and everything" is 42.

24 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Lesson for society in census scandal

Allegations of fabricating statistics have been made against census officers.

The controversy involving the credibility of the Census and Statistics Department has damaged the Hong Kong government's reputation.

Firstly, the fact that census officers may have fabricated answers when conducting household interviews indicates the lack of scrutiny within the department.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:35am 2 comments

Youth population shrinks 25pc in 30 years

Hong Kong may face a threat to its economic productivity amid a drastic 25 per cent drop in the number of young people here in the last 30 years.

The number of people aged between 15 and 24 has fallen from 1.146 million in 1981 to 860,000 in 2011, government statistics show.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:09am

'Fake census' officers may be criminally liable

Frontline census officers accused of faking answers in an apparent bid to speed up their work could be criminally liable, and the commissioner says she will lead a task force investigating the case.

But lawmakers said the Census and Statistics Department probe was not enough and called for an independent inquiry.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Fake census claims put low jobless rate in doubt

An investigation has been launched over allegations that as many as nine out of 10 frontline census officers fabricated answers - and it could mean Hong Kong's low jobless rate has been underestimated for a decade.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:33am 1 comment

The algorithm of life is a powerful thing

My wife thinks George Clooney has universal appeal. But according to the data-mining quants who helped propel Barack Obama back into the White House, the liberal film star and Obama supporter is most attractive to women aged between 40 and 49 on the west coast of the United States.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:55am 1 comment

Favourite backers hurting big time but tide will turn with Whyte leading way

From time to time, we like to look at various statistical aspects of racing but rarely is there a stat which jumps out like the current state of affairs with outright favourites.

26 Sep 2012 - 2:45am

Voters 'more co-operative' with exit polls, says HKU's Robert Chung

Voters were more co-operative with exit pollsters in this month's Legislative Council election than they were in 2008, generating largely accurate results, a leading pollster said.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:32am

HKU will run Legco exit polls despite fears of abuse

Pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu will run exit polls during next month's Legislative Council election despite concern about polling agencies sharing data with parties for voting purposes.

30 Aug 2012 - 5:36am