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Liberty Vittert

Liberty Vittert

Lecturer, Statistics, University of Glasgow
After completing her PhD at the University of Glasgow Liberty was offered the role of Mitchell Lecturer at the University. As well as teaching, a large part of her role involves public outreach. Her interest lies in relating statistics to real-life situations.

Liberty Vittert graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with a degree in mathematics and a concentration in political science with Russian language from Harvard.

Liberty Vittert wants to reach as many people as possible with her passion for stats. In order to achieve this, she has focused on using the media as an outlet by offering a statistical angle on news stories and speaking on TV and radio. She has recently appeared on STV Scottish news Programme and BBC Radio Scotland, Channel 4 programs, and Fox News Channel.

She was named an Ambassador of Royal Statistical Society and gives invited talks at conferences around the world. She has significant experience in explaining issues concerning mathematics, statistics, polling and voting techniques, and the topic of “big data” to the media, public, and government. Her work also includes issues of involving and energising young people in STEM subjects.

Between finishing her undergraduate degree and undertaking postgraduate research, Liberty took a year away from her studies and moved to Paris to follow her love of cooking by enrolling in Le Cordon Blue cookery school. She is now a regular guest chef on STV’s ‘Live at Five’ and has her own cookery show on local STV channels titled ‘Liberty’s Great American Cookbook.’

In 2017 Liberty was one of twenty women chosen from hundreds of applicants to become a BBC Woman Expert Contributor for BBC Television and Radio Programs.

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon

Dec 24, 2019 08:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Societys International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionarys Word of the Year competition, the international statistic is meant to...

Uber's data revealed nearly 6,000 sexual assaults. Does that mean it's not safe?

Dec 15, 2019 12:50 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Since Uber released its first ever safety report on Dec. 5, the media has raised alarms for the 5,981 instances of sexual assault included in the document. This also includes 464 reports of rape over a two-year period ...

Are conspiracy theories on the rise in the US?

Sep 22, 2019 13:58 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Have the internet and social media created a climate where Americans believe anything is possible? With headlines citing now as the age of conspiracy, is it really true? In a word, no. While it may be true that the...

If you recycled all the plastic garbage in the world, you could buy the NFL, Apple and Microsoft

Dec 19, 2018 15:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Sports

This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Societys International Statistic of the Year. On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled....

Measuring racial profiling: Why it's hard to tell where police are treating minorities unfairly

Nov 14, 2018 12:20 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Donald Trump has waved the words stop and frisk around like a banner call to cure violent crime in American cities. That means its time to take a look back at one of the primary criticisms of this police practice:...

Numbers in the news? Make sure you don't fall for these 3 statistical tricks

Nov 04, 2018 13:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

Handy bit of research finds sexuality can be determined by the lengths of peoples fingers was one recent headline based on a peer-reviewed study by well-respected researchers at the University of Essex published in the...

The problem with official statistics – and three ways to make them better

Sep 25, 2018 18:54 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

What value do statistics really have when it comes to describing events in a country? For most people, statistics are a means to an end, a way to validate their point of view. Ive heard many politicians, commentators,...

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Economy

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

Overseas card spending by South Koreans reached US$3.6 billion in the first quarter, plunging 23 percent from the $4.68 billion expenditures in the same period last year. It was the sharpest year-on-year drop in...

The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

The French government is infusing over $8.8 billion to save the countrys car industry from huge losses brought about by the lockdowns. The countrys car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic. French...

The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

South Koreas 79 savings banks reported a combined net income of 246.3 billion in the first quarter, rising 19.4 percent year-on, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The surge in net...

Politics

Why is there so much furore over China's Belt and Road Initiative?

There were certainly questions asked when Victoria first signed a memorandum of understanding to join Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2018, but it wasnt until the past week that the criticism reached a fever...

Melania Trump criticized for attending POTUS' meeting with VP and Homeland Security

Melania Trump attended the briefing for the 2020 hurricane season on May 28. It was attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security agency, Emergency Management office, and NOAA, but some people raised their...

Melania Trump reportedly warned husband Donald Trump to take coronavirus seriously

Over the past several weeks and months during the coronavirus lockdown in the United States, First Lady Melania Trump has taken a more serious approach in getting Americans to comply with CDC guidelines to slow the spread....

US President Donald Trump tweets his condolences to over 100,000 coronavirus victims

The United States is the country that has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic the hardest. As the death toll has reached over 100,000, President Donald Trump tweeted out his condolences to the loved ones of the...

Joe Biden says he will likely pick his vice president by August 1

Joe Biden is yet to name his pick for his vice president. However, he said that the vetting process would likely be done by July and that he would already decide on a running mate by August 1. In an interview with CNNs...

Science

New study suggests asteroid collision did not cause extinction of the dinosaurs

It is widely believed that an asteroid collision on Earth was responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. However, a new study seems to suggest that it was not the case at all. Express reports that researchers...

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin reveals how they planted the US flag on the Moon

The historical Apollo 11 mission took place in 1969, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first men on the Moon. In uncovered interview footage, Aldrin reveals something about the flag they planted on the...

NASA: Rocosmos says Russia is to begin work on new space station

As NASA and Elon Musks SpaceX program are to make their first-ever launch on American soil, this would mean NASA would no longer rely on Russian space agency Rocosmos for launching its astronauts into space. Rocosmos chief...

Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

Hybrids of objects seen in space are very rarely sighted, until recently. NASAs asteroid warning system in Hawaii recently spotted one hybrid of an asteroid and a comet known as Trojans. Express reports that astronomers...

Technology

The coronavirus pandemic is boosting the big tech transformation to warp speed

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up changes that were already happening across society, from remote learning and work to e-health, supply chains and logistics, policing, welfare and beyond. Big tech companies have not...

iPhone 12: Best leaked details about Apple’s next premium smartphones

Apple has been reportedly navigating through a series of challenges with its iPhone 12 timeline. But the rumor mill has not fallen short of information and photo leaks leaving not much to the imagination of tech...

iPhone SE has one interesting advantage over iPhone X, iPhone XS

Some Apple fans might still be weighing their options on whether or not they should give up older iPhone models for the newly released iPhone SE. It might help them decide if they realize that the smartphone, albeit...

Poco F2 Pro vs. Poco X2: What’s the right Poco device to buy

After a year-long silence, the Poco brand went in stronger in 2020 now has two new devices with its name on it even before the first half of the year concludes. The Poco X2 and Poco F2 Pro are both competitive smartphones...

Nintendo Switch: ‘The Outer Worlds’ and 3 more exciting games launching in June

June is going to be a good month for Nintendo Switch users simply because of the lineup of games launching on the portable console. One that needs no introduction is The Outer Worlds, but there are several other titles...
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