Topic outline

  • Professional Conduct

    In a society in which the numbers game is big business because of an increasing dependence upon quantitative arguments in all debates, even written laws may not be sufficiently protective. The ideal should be formally stated and elaborated by the members of statistics profession, so that a member can plead professionalism in an effort to avoid taking sides in an advocacy debate.

    Readings: Deming(1982), Gibbons, Jean D. (1973), Vardeman-Morris(1993)

  • Communication Between Consultant and Consultee

    Consultations with scientists from a diverse spectrum of subject matter are frequently characterized by communication difficulties. Therefore statistical consultants should have  insights into their etiology through the consideration of the seemingly different expectations and behaviors of consultants and clients. Hyams(1971) brings into focus general issues and interpersonal problems  by stereotypic characterizations and makes suggestions for upgrading the consulting relationship are advanced that depend on the empathetic understanding of the client’s position and a more realistic self-appraisal. Bliss(1969)  shares his invaluable experience in this respect.

    Readings: Hyams, Lion(1971), Bliss, C. I. (1969), Boen, J.R. (1972), Boen, J.- Fryd, D.(1978), Zahn, D.A.-Isenberg, D.J.(1983)

    • Teaching Statistics and Training Statisticians

      ...our students know how to deal with n → ∞, but cannot deal with a million observations. If statistics is the science of learning from data, then our students need to be able to “think with data”...Horton, Nicholas J. - Hardin, Johanna S.  (2015)
    • Interpreting and Reporting

      Surely no-one can suppose that it is good practice for a statistician to wash his hands of a project as soon as the computational parts of the analysis are complete. Indeed, if the statistician is to be the sort of colleague that must be suggested at the start, he should frequently be contributing to the writing-up of the results himself. So it is good practice for him to make himself proficient in:

           • the use of clear, concise prose for quantitative reporting;
           • the production of numerical tables that tell their story clearly;
           • the drawing of well-labelled, uncluttered, honest diagrams.

      Anyone who has regularly refereed quantitative papers for journals of applied science knows that papers come in with graphs whose axes are not labelled and with tables whose headings do not give the units of measurement; in checking a paper, it is good practice to skim through quickly in search of such omissions. Statisticians have, of course, to concern themselves with written accounts other than those in learned publications.

      Bailar, J. C.- Mosteller, E. (1988) ,  Preece, D.A.(1987)
      • Keeping Up with Statistics

        Ideal consultant has a good general knowledge of a great many aspects of statistics.Keeping this knowledge up to date and prepared to develop sufficient depth in a new area on a timely basis requires ongoing effort.
        • Article Review 1

          Haslam, Cheryl-Lawrence, Wendy (2004) Health-Related Behavior and Beliefs of Pregnant Smokers, Health Psychology, 23(5):86 – 491.

          due on 22 March.

          Article Critique 1: Write a statistical review of the article "Effects of age and anxiety on episodic memory: Selectivity and variability" by Li, Nilsson and Wu, which appeared in Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, (2004), volume 45, pages 123-129. The review is due on 29 March.

          Article Critique 2 (for those of you who want a head start): Write a statistical review of the article "Mobile phone use and risk of acoustic neuroma: results of the Interphone case-control study in five North European countries" by Schoemaker et al., which appeared in the British Journal of Cancer, (2005), 3 October, pages 842-848. You can access the journal from the Life Sciences and Medicine Library at TAU. The due date will be set later.

          • Case Study:Dentistry implant

            • Case Study: Assessing Factors Related to Plasma Beta-Carotene Concentrations

              Observational studies have suggested that low dietary intake or low plasma concentrations of retinol, beta-carotene, or other carotenoids might be associated with increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. 

              The Plasma Beta-Carotone Concentration data   come from a cross-sectional study to investigate the relationship between personal characteristics and dietary factors, and plasma concentrations of retinol, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. 

              • Case Study:The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Lower-level Employees

                Debates on the minimum wage, one of the arguments set forth that if raising the minimum wage, lower-level employees will be dismissed. This study aims to examine this argument with the minimum wage change information in the State of New Jersey in the United States 25 years ago.
                • Case Study: A High-Tech Product Development Experiment