Statistics in the Public Sphere

Abstract

Statistics in public life .........................................................................................................5 Things and numbers................................................................................................................8 Representative samples.......................................................................................................8 Averages: meaning and relevance .....................................................................................9 Correlations........................................................................................................................10 Applied statistics ....................................................................................................................13 Relative risks ......................................................................................................................14 Relative risk versus absolute risk.....................................................................................16 Problems of classification and confounding factors....................................................17 Epidemiological research......................................................................................................19 Publication bias..................................................................................................................20 Statistical significance versus scientific relevance................................................................24 Relative risk again..............................................................................................................24 P-values...............................................................................................................................25 Confidence intervals .........................................................................................................26 Correlation is not causation .............................................................................................26 An infamous episode ........................................................................................................27 Terror, utopianism and power .............................................................................................29 Faith and science ...............................................................................................................29 Fear and power: the precautionary principle.................................................................30 Utopian salvation...............................................................................................................32....

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,199

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

  • Only published works are available at libraries.

Similar books and articles

The Philosophical Relevance of Statistics.Deborah G. Mayo - 1980 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:97 - 109.
Statistics versus words.Randall Collins - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:329-362.
The Public Sphere.Jostein Gripsrud (ed.) - 2010 - Sage Publications.
Exploratory statistics and empiricism.Stanley A. Mulaik - 1985 - Philosophy of Science 52 (3):410-430.
Measurement error in racial and ethnic statistics.Michael Root - 2009 - Biology and Philosophy 24 (3):375-385.
Science as public sphere?Jesús Vega Encabo & F. Javier Gil Martín - 2007 - Social Epistemology 21 (1):5 – 20.
Milestones in the Critique of the Public Sphere: Dewey and Arendt.Codruţa Cuceu - 2011 - Journal for Communication and Culture 1 (2):99-110.
Setting up a new model of the democratic theory ‐ research on Habermas' theory of public sphere.Cui Zhang - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:1095-1103.
Beneath the skin: Statistics, trust, and status.Richard Smith - 2011 - Educational Theory 61 (6):633-645.
The work of E. T. Jaynes on probability, statistics and statistical physics.D. A. Lavis & P. J. Milligan - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (2):193-210.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-12-22

Downloads
26 (#448,828)

6 months
1 (#448,894)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references