Statistics and Public Policy by Bruce D. Spencer

Statistics and Public Policy

byBruce D. Spencer

Hardcover | August 1, 1996

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Statistics -- meaning statistical data, statistical methods, and statistical thinking -- play important and fascinating roles in public issues. Yet, these roles are sometimes unknown to statistics students and even professional statisticians. This book indicates some connections betweenstatistics and public issues such as government policy- or decision-making, public administration, law, and public debate. This book describes examples of statistics in public policy areas as disparate as national defence, AIDS diffusion, DNA fingerprinting, human rights violations and scientificmanpower among other areas. Although a small amount of statistical training is assumed--a minimum of a half year of undergraduate level statistics--the emphasis is on ideas rather than technical detail or mathematical generality. This low technical content makes it accessible to not onlystatisticians but social scientists as well. It will also be a useful resource for teachers of first year statistics.

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B. D. Spencer is at Northwestern University.

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Title:Statistics and Public PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:August 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198523413

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Uses of Statistics for Description1. Herman Chernoff: Issues in DNA Fingerprinting2. Thomas B. Jabine: The Emerging Field of Human Rights Statistics3. David S.C. Chu and Nancy L. Spruill: Making Defense Decisions: What Role Might a Statistical Perspective Play?4. Stephen E. Fienberg: Ethics, Objectivity, and Politics: Statistics in a Public Policy Perspective5. William H. Kruskjal and Stephen M. Stigler: Normative Terminology: "Normal" in Statistics and ElsewherePart II Data Collection6. W. Allen Wallis: Statistics In Washington, 1935-19457. Leslie Kish: Periodic and Rolling Samples and Censuses8. Philip Redfern: Numbering the People: Issues of Accuracy, Privacy and Open Government9. Allan R. Sampson: Surveying Individuals with Disabilities10. James S. Coleman: Constructed Social Networks in the Study of DiffusionPart III Uses of Statistics for Policy Analysis11. Nathan Keyfitz: Why Forecasts Fail and Policies Are Often Frustrated12. Lincoln E. Moses and Frederick Mosteller: Experimentation: Just Do It!13. Stephen P. Dresch and Kenneth R. Janson: Talents, Rewards and Professional Choice: A General Equilibrium Analysis14. Sam L. Savage: Statistical Analysis for the MassesIndex

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The purpose of this book is to provide information about connections between statistics and public issues and decision making, public administration, law, and public debate. The book describes examples of statistics in public policy areas as disparate as national defense, AIDS diffusion, DNA fingerprinting, human rights violations, scientific manpower, population registers and censuses, and individuals with disabilities.