Unidentified spectra detector

“Creating a sensible subset of spectra to start an in-depth analysis of unidentified spectra has been very challenging,” says Juan Antonio Vizcaino of EMBL-EBI. Credit: Spencer Phillips, EMBL-EBI A new algorithm clusters the millions of peptide mass spectra in the PRIDE Archive public database, making it easier to detect millions of consistently unidentified spectra across…

Leading statisticians establish steps to convey statistics a science not toolbox

Convinced that better use of data will improve research, innovation and literacy across other disciplines, six leading statisticians recently published “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice” in the journal PLOS Computational Biology. Part of the popular open access “Ten Simple Rules (TSR)” series, this piece surpassed 51,000 views in only two weeks. Authors Nancy…

Ten simple rules to use statistics effectively

Under growing pressure to report accurate findings as they interpret increasingly larger amounts of data, researchers are finding it more important than ever to follow sound statistical practices. For that reason, a team of statisticians including Carnegie Mellon University’s Robert E. Kass wrote “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice.” Published in PLOS Computational Biology…

How to teach … statistics

Statistics are everywhere – from Brexit to Britain’s Got Talent. The way these numbers are presented – or manipulated – shape our understanding of the world. Just this month, a misleading representation of data on local elections caused a furore after being shared widely on Facebook. It’s important to equip your students with the skills…

How to teach … algebra

In algebra, X marks the spot. Well, sometimes it’s N or Y. Either way, that spot can often leave children’s heads spinning, as they find themselves face-to-face with funny-looking equations that need to be simplified. Maths doesn’t always have the most positive reputation among young people (or older people, to be fair) and algebra –…