Measuring the Unmeasurable

9 February 2017

Title:              Measuring the Unmeasurable

Presenter:     Dr Jeff Ralph, Office for National Statistics

Date:              Thursday, 9th February, 2017

Time:              7:30 pm

Summary:      Measurement is an essential part of the modern world. It is carried out extensively across the physical sciences, economics, psychology, social science and business where researchers seek to measure an ever increasing range of complex concepts including temperature, the value of money, poverty, deprivation, organisational performance, business confidence and the extent of religious belief. The results feed into Government policy and business decisions.

The same word “measurement” is used for all of these cases though the processes used to make the measurements are quite different. This talk looks at some of the mathematics and statistics used to model complicated phenomena and asks the question: can such complex concepts really be reduced to numbers?

Venue:           St Edward's School, Cirencester Rd, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8EY.

Cost:               Free to all.

Contact:         For more information or just to say you are coming contact Jeff Ralph