Category Archives: Risk

Excel & Genes: mutation and curation

On 23 Aug a paper by three Australian authors gained much publicity about how Excel interprets data entry and how the users don’t check their data. http://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-016-1044-7 Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature. By Mark Ziemann, Yotam … Continue reading

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Eusprig 2016 July 7, London

The European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group 17th Annual Conference (EuSpRIG 2016) will be held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Moorgate, London, on the 7th July 2016. http://www.eusprig.org/annual-conference.htm The programme is now available. Register now to … Continue reading

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Irish Computer Society evening talk on Spreadsheet Controls

My talk on “Spreadsheet Management and Controls” is next month at the ICS. Monday 18:00 – 19:30 9th Jun This session outlines current concerns about risks from the uncontrolled use of spreadsheet-based information systems. The session will cover how to … Continue reading

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EuSpRIG 2013 Conference report

4-5 July 2013, University of Greenwich, London. http://www.eusprig.org We had a slightly smaller number of attendees this year than we expected, considering the publicity that attended recent spreadsheet errors, such as the London Whale or the Reinhart & Rogoff debacle. … Continue reading

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Reinhart & Rogoff: The Austerity spreadsheet error

We’ve discussed this on the yahoogroup of the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group, of which I’m the current chair. Here’s my summary of The Spreadsheet Error Heard Round the World, with my commentary followed by the background. 1) The authors … Continue reading

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EuSpRIG 2013: The World’s Leading Spreadsheet Risk Management Conference

I’ll be there: The European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group 14th Annual Conference (EuSpRIG 2013) will be held at the University of Greenwich, London, on the 4th & 5th July 2013. EuSpRIG is the world’s only independent, authoritative & comprehensive conference … Continue reading

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Excel 2013 Inquire Addin improved IQ

In my previous blog post I complained that the Excel 2013 INQUIRE addin showed every single formula in A1 style, which is useless for recognising blocks of identical formulas. So I’ve now done something about that – I am making available … Continue reading

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