Variability: How to Deal with It, Interpret It, and Learn from It
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The Energy Institute is sponsoring this online symposium, which will take place during the mornings of the 5 and 6 October.
Michael Tipton, University of Portsmouth, UK
Igor Mekjavic, Insitut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia
Humans, other animals and engineering systems exhibit a wide range of individual responses to different stressors. Variability is ubiquitous, but we often choose to ignore it, hide it or delete it. Outliers are frequently removed from data sets and variability is hidden or ignored by use of summary statistics such as mean and mode.
The aim of this symposium is to consider when and how individual variability should be embraced as an important source of information. On the mornings of Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October, physiologists, clinicians, statisticians and mathematicians will give examples of variability in data from a wide range of human, animal and engineering investigations. They will then provide recommendations regarding research design and analytical methods that allow researchers to better understand, interpret, and learn from the variation in their data.
In addition to this online symposium, the organisers plan to run an in-person workshop in September 2021 where attendees will have the opportunity to work through their data sets with expert statisticians. Further information about this will be provided soon.