A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed

Authored by: Lawrence Hubert , Howard Wainer

Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781848728547
eBook ISBN: 9780203840023
Adobe ISBN: 9781136888731

10.4324/9780203840023.ch4

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Abstract

The meaning of “ethical” adopted here is one of being in accordance with the accepted rules or standards for right conduct that govern the practice of some profession. The professions we have in mind are statistics and the behavioral sciences, and the standards for ethical practice are what we try to instill in our students through the methodology courses we offer, with particular emphasis on the graduate statistics sequence generally required for all the behavioral sciences. Our hope is that the principal general education payoff for competent statistics instruction is an increase in people’s ability to be critical and ethical consumers and producers of the statistical reasoning and analyses faced in various applied contexts over the course of their careers.

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