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Learning causal relationships from data: DREAM or reality?

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In this feature Steven Hill (an Investigator Statistician within Sach Mukherjee’s group at the MRC Biostatistics Unit) describes how important causal relationships are for science and his involvement in a recent, high-profile computational biology challenge known as “DREAM” that focused on causality. Determining cause and effect is one of the central goals of science: for []

Behind the picture: Major Greenwood and the measure of medicine

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The introduction of measurement into medicine established the foundations of the modern discipline of biostatistics, crucial to all aspects of medicine, epidemiology and public health. But how did statistics become so embedded? Isabel Baker looks back at Professor Major Greenwood, an eminent statistician of the 20th century, who developed and encouraged some of the first []

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