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A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

19 April 2011 by Dianne Sousa

During elections my ears perk up when law and order issues come up. Are politicians doing business differently this time round? Do they show that they understand what they’re talking about? The claims thrown around in these discussions deserve careful scrutiny because the data that they depend on are often ambiguous or misleading. Surprise! The evidence […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Probability and Statistics, Social Sciences4 Comments

We Don’t Govern on the Basis of Statistics

We Don’t Govern on the Basis of Statistics

24 August 2010 by Marion Kilgour

In the past three months, the Harper government has said some things about statistics that are blatantly wrong and received some media attention, which is a bit unusual. What things did the government say, and were they actually correct? First, in June the government announced that it would be replacing the mandatory long form census […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Economics, Probability and Statistics8 Comments