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Commentary: “The political response has been dismal”

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 03 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j5
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In Statistics We Trust

All in all 2016 was quite a year. In terms of its politics we could describe it as an outlier. I'm hoping that what is true of statistics might be true of politics in 2017. Regression to the mean suggests that where you have had an extreme value, the next value in turn is likely to be nearer the average. Here's to a distinctly average 2017!

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2017
Ian F. Walker
Specialty Registrar in Public Health and Visiting Research Fellow
Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds
Worsley Building, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9NL