Prove It with Figures: Empirical Methods in Law and Litigation / Edition 1

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Prove It With Figures displays some of the tools of the social and statistical sciences that have been applied in the courtroom and to the study of questions of legal importance. It explains how researchers can extract the most valuable and reliable data that can conveniently be made available, and how these efforts sometimes go awry. In the tradition of Zeisel's standard work "Say It with Figures," the authors clarify, in non-technical language, some of the basic problems common to all efforts to discern cause-and-effect relationships. Designed as a textbook for law students who seek an appreciation of the power and limits of empirical methods, this is also a useful reference for lawyers, policymakers, and members of the public who would like to improve their critical understanding of the statistics presented to them. The many case histories include analyses of the death penalty, jury selection, employment discrimination, mass torts, and DNA profiling.

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Table of Contents

Contents: The search for causes: An overview.- The controlled randomized experiment.- Inferring causes from observational studies.- Epidemiological studies.- Summing up: Replication and triangulation.- Coincidence and significance.- Sampling.- Content analysis.- Surveys and change of venue.- Trademark surveys: Genericness.- Trademark surveys: Confusion.- The jury: Composition and Selection.- DNA profiling: Probabilities and proof.

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