Statistics as Legal Evidence

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The law is a premier instance of decision-making in the face of uncertainty and therefore a natural and obvious field for the application of statistics. Nevertheless, it is only in the last decades of the twentieth century that the use of statistical methods of proof has become commonplace in the courtroom. This entry surveys a number of the most interesting current applications, including sampling, employment discrimination, and forensic science. The bibliography at the end includes a number of textbooks that contain useful pointers to the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
EditorsNeil J Smelser, Paul B Baltes 
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-08430768
StatePublished - 2001


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