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FEATURE30 September 2019

Sir David Spiegelhalter in seven

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Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is the Winton professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge, associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, and author of several books. His most recent is The Art of Statistics.

1. Why are relative risk factors so poorly understood?

Good research has shown that relative risks – such as some food increasing a cancer risk by 20% – produces an exaggerated impression of the importance of risk. So it’s the ...