Statistics and the Law / Edition 1

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Describes a wide variety of applications of statistical concepts in legal settings, as well as cases in which statistical analyses were important elements. Several chapters are devoted to employment discrimination and antitrust violation, two areas of litigation that rely heavily on statistics. Contributors discuss the correct choice and use of statistical techniques in the assessment of damages, the measurement and quantification of skill (in a case deciding whether video poker games require skill), the determination of disputed paternity and elections, and other areas where statistics are used in legal cases. Many of the chapters are written by the statisticians who actually participated in the cases under discussion.

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Originally published in 1986, articles discuss issues such as conflicting testimony by statistical experts, the uses and abuses of statistical methodology in legal claims, and ethical dilemmas. Subjects include statistics in antitrust litigation, regression analyses in employment discrimination cases, evaluating equipment damage, inference in cases of disputed paternity, and scientific data and environmental regulation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471055389
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/4/1994
  • Series: Wiley Classics Library Series, #53
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

What Happened in Hazelwood: Statistics, Employment Discrimination, and the 80% Rule (P. Meier, et al.).

Statistics in Antitrust Litigation (B. King).

Regression Estimates of Damages in Price-Fixing Cases (M. Finkelstein & H. Levenbach).

Regression Analyses in Employment Discrimination Cases (D. Conway & H. Roberts).

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C.S.N.: Evaluating Equipment Damage (G. Whitmore).

A Question of Theft (W. Fairley & J. Glen).

How Much Is Enough?

Applying Regression to a School Finance Case (J. Pincus & J. Rolph).

Capital Market Analysis in Antitrust Litigation (M. Geisel & J. Masson).

The Use of Court-Appointed Statistical Experts: A Case Study (R. Coulam & S. Fienberg).

Does Electronic Draw Poker Require Skill to Play?

(J. Kadane).

Inference in Cases of Disputed Paternity (D. Berry & S. Geisser).

The Probability of Reversal in Contested Elections (D. Gilliland & P. Meier).

Scientific Data and Environmental Regulation (G. Apple, et al.).

Confidence Intervals in Legal Settings (H. Solomon).


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