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Title:A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed
Author(s):Hubert, Lawrence J.; Wainer, Howard
Subject(s):Quantitative research - Moral and ethical aspects
Social sciences - Methodology - Moral and ethical aspects
Abstract:For disciplines concerned with human well-being, such as medicine, psychology, and law, statistics must be used in accordance with standards for ethical practice. A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed illustrates the proper use of probabilistic and statistical reasoning in the behavioral, social, and biomedical sciences. Designed to be consulted when learning formal statistical techniques, the text describes common instances of both correct and false statistical and probabilistic reasoning. Lauded for their contributions to statistics, psychology, and psychometrics, the authors make statistical methods relevant to readers’ day-to-day lives by including real historical situations that demonstrate the role of statistics in reasoning and decision making. The historical vignettes encompass the English case of Sally Clark, breast cancer screening, risk and gambling, the Federal Rules of Evidence, "high-stakes" testing, regulatory issues in medicine, difficulties with observational studies, ethics in human experiments, health statistics, and much more. In addition to these topics, seven U.S. Supreme Court decisions reflect the influence of statistical and psychometric reasoning and interpretation/misinterpretation. Exploring the intersection of ethics and statistics, this comprehensive guide assists readers in becoming critical and ethical consumers and producers of statistical reasoning and analyses. It will help them reason correctly and use statistics in an ethical manner.
Issue Date:2013
Publisher:CRC Press, an imprint of Taylor and Francis Group.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Made available in IDEALS for classroom use.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-01

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