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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Strictly new stage for actuaries

The BBC asked actuary Michael Owen to help statistically verify a revised voting system for the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2008. The request was made in December after an unprecedented situation arose in the semi-final where, due to a statistical technicality in the way the judges had scored, one of the couples could not have been saved from the dance-off.

Mr Owen, of ML Owen and Company, said that he had been invited to help verify the revised voting system, which was designed to be fair to the voting public and the contestants involved. The London actuary worked with the BBC for about two days to help develop the scoring system and ensure its fairness.