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By Jonathan R. Goodman | Published: September 23, 2016
We likely all remember the maxim about statistics and lies. Statistical data do not allow for lies so much as semantic manipulation, explains Jonathan Goodman. In short, numbers drive the misuse of words.
By SAGE | Published: October 19, 2015
How do you make the world better place? There is no lack of prescriptions, but one of the surer bets, even if less likely to first spring to mind, is through good statistics widely analyzed. “Solid data,” says Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, “are an indispensable basis for informed policy formulation and for […]
By Rob Kitchin | Published: September 3, 2015
While it might seem natural for so-called Big Data to supplement, improve or replace existing datasets and statistics, or provide entirely new statistical outputs for government agencies, some careful footwork is needed before heading too far down that path, argues Rob Kitchin.
By Social Science Space | Published: April 7, 2015
Unflappable and nonpartisan, the late economist Janet Norwood blazed a path as a pioneering female statistician and bureaucrat who served multiple presidents as the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: March 29, 2015
The arrival of a report calling for the British government to better support social science has raised questions about the role, responses and responsibilities of a 'public sociology.'
By Social Science Space | Published: September 26, 2014
The former deputy director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis has been named to head the federal organization that produces the benchmark GDP number for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Brian Moyer had been serving as acting director since May 2, when Steve Landefeld retired after 19 years leading the BEA. Moyer first joined the […]
By James Dyke | Published: September 23, 2014
A much-shared screed against various types of science --including, predictably, most social science--has James Dyke scratching his head and quoting Wolfgang Pauli: 'This isn't right. This isn't even wrong.'
By Organizing Committee of the Future of the Statistical Sciences Workshop | Published: July 21, 2014
After Big Data, one of the most controversial topics in statistics workshop is the problem of reproducibility in scientific research.
By Organizing Committee of the Future of the Statistical Sciences Workshop | Published: July 18, 2014
In the first of a series of excerpts from a just released report summarizing 2013's International Year of Statistics' London conference, we look at one of the down sides of Big Data.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: June 23, 2014
Robert Dingwall argues that numeracy and and a grasp of quantitative method of course have a place in the education of a social scientist, but they shouldn't be the only skills in the graduate's quiver. How about he ability to walk around, for one?
By Robert Dingwall | Published: May 27, 2014
Many social scientists find themselves members of a cult of quantification, argues Robert Dingwall, in love with numbers for their own sake even when those numbers produce no useful knowledge.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: April 17, 2014
The author of a new introduction to statistics textbook was bothered that even among students who but their required books they rarely crack them open. So he decided to give them an incentive.