The Random Sample - Episode 4: Should you believe what the survey says?


Prof Adrian Barnett

For the average person listening to news stories about the latest poll or what conclusions have been drawn from one survey or another, it’s easy to take that information at face value. But should you? Should you be more sceptical about the conclusions these claim to show us?

In this episode, ACEMS Deputy Director Scott Sisson chats with expert statistician Melanie Black from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and QUT Associate Professor Adrian Barnett about how surveys work, why we need them, and what you need to look out for before you’re convinced.

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In the podcast, Scott and Adrian referred to a story they wrote in The Conversation. Here is a link to that story: "A survey needs to involve how many people before I'm convinced"