State tops baby health report

This is a good report in that it explains clearly the difficulties associated with data collection from a small population in relation to rare occurrences. The difficulty of reporting of cases is obviously a concern in such situations. The great variation in rates should be a cause for concern if other factors cannot be easily suggested. It may be possible for students to suggest social reasons for the great fluctuation in occurrence rates per 10,000 births. Mathematically, what about the disease where Tasmania had no cases?

Where to next?

Student Questions for this article
Newspaper article
Index - Related articles
Index - Data Collection and Sampling
Numeracy in the News - Main Index