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Making sense of risk

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QueryUnderstanding Uncertainty makes sense of risk

Understanding Uncertainty is a blog dedicated to understanding “the numbers can help us deal with our own uncertainty and allow us to look critically at stories in the media”.

As a part of their crusade to support researchers’ and laymen’s understanding of risk, they have developed Spinning the Risk.

Spinning the Risk is an interactive tool to understand the large number of different ways that risk can be reported.

Within their tool, the Uncertainty team highlights how unintentionally misleading reports of risk can be in academic journal articles.

 

What do you think is the risk of developing bowel cancer by eating bacon sandwiches? Click here to find out.

You can customise the tool to see all the ways that your research may be reported, and misreported.

Another example of the perils of misinterpreted risk can be found here.