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More or Less: Behind the Stats

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Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.
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London, United Kingdom

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Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

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English


Episodes

WS More or Less: Are US millennials more politically engaged online?

10/20/2017
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Did the 2016 US election galvanise young people to become more engaged in politics?

Duration: 00:08:58


How Richard Thaler changed Economics

10/13/2017
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The behavioural economist who has inspired governments around the world.

Duration: 00:22:16


WS More or Less: Kilobyte to Brontobyte

10/10/2017
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Naming the monster numbers - how the names of digital storage files evolved.

Duration: 00:08:58


WS More or Less: Big polluters - ships versus cars

10/2/2017
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Do the largest ships emit as much pollution as all the cars in the world?

Duration: 00:09:12


Uber; EU passports; counting domestic violence

9/29/2017
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Is Uber safe? The post Brexit dual nationality surge and measuring partner abuse.

Duration: 00:24:12


WS More or Less: Sperm - Are we going extinct?

9/25/2017
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How much of a problem is falling sperm count?

Duration: 00:09:19


Statistics abuse, tuition fees and beer in 1887

9/22/2017
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is accused of mis-using official statistics.

Duration: 00:25:22


WS More or Less: How to measure a Hurricane

9/15/2017
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What’s the best way to measure a hurricane?

Duration: 00:09:37


Are Natural Disasters on the Rise?

9/15/2017
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Has the number of natural disasters really quadrupled in the last forty years?

Duration: 00:25:15


WS More or Less: More Horses than Tanks?

9/11/2017
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Is the UK the only country with more horses than tanks in its army?

Duration: 00:09:09


Electric cars, school-ready and feedback

9/8/2017
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Will we need more power stations? Plus, are children in Manchester ready for school?

Duration: 00:25:32


One in 500 Year Storm

9/4/2017
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Experts are saying that Houston just suffered a one in 500 year storm but what does that mean?

Duration: 00:06:49


Grenfell Tower's Death Toll

9/1/2017
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The difficulties of finding the true number of people who died in the fire.

Duration: 00:27:39


Fantasy Football - How to win

8/28/2017
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Figuring out the best strategy as a wannabe team manager.

Duration: 00:10:53


Are boys getting more top A Level grades than girls?

8/25/2017
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Are boys getting more top A Level grades than girls? Plus why are dress sizes so weird?

Duration: 00:27:58


The Trump Bump

8/20/2017
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During a recent press conference President Trump said: “I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m president. The country is booming. The stock market is setting records. We’ve got the highest employment numbers we have ever had I the history of our country.” This is not the first time the American President has taken credit for a booming economy. But is that fair? We take a look at the numbers.

Duration: 00:10:18


Are there 15,000 transgender people serving in the US military?

8/14/2017
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President Trump says transgender individuals cannot serve, but how many do already?

Duration: 00:08:58


Why is Kenya’s election so expensive?

8/7/2017
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On Tuesday Kenyans go to the polls to elect members of parliament and the next president. A report in Quartz Africa has estimated that the cost of putting on the election by the Government works out at around $25 per head – $480 million in total. It also estimated that it cost Rwanda $1 a head, and Uganda $4 a head to lay on elections. Recently an expert on this programme estimated that the UK General election cost about $4 a head. We explore why there is such a difference in the amounts...

Duration: 00:08:58


More boys than girls in Sweden?

7/31/2017
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Exploring if an influx of teenage boys claiming asylum skewed the population’s sex ratio

Duration: 00:08:58


Maryam Mirzakhani – A Genius of Maths

7/24/2017
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Celebrating the only woman to win the biggest prize in mathematics.

Duration: 00:09:25

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