It is every data scientist’s worst nightmare – a mistake in 50,000 lines of code resulting in a serious overall miscalculation. But few statisticians could imagine a coding error so consequential as to potentially change the course of thousands of young people’s lives.
The bug in question, as explained by Norma Foley, the Education Minister, at Wednesday’s evening press briefing, resulted in two mistakes in the way Junior Cert results were assessed...
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