How many were there when it mattered?
Estimating the sizes of crowds
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 104–107, September 2011
How to Cite
Watson, R. and Yip, P. (2011), How many were there when it mattered?. Significance, 8: 104–107. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2011.00502.x
- Issue published online: 25 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2011
150 000 people demonstrated in Hong Kong. 10 000 students protested in London against tuition fees. A million people lined the streets for the Royal wedding. Or did they? Do not believe what you are told, say Ray Watson and Paul Yip. Estimating the size of a crowd is a difficult business – even for those who actually want to get it right.