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Paul von Hippel, OSU Sociology 549 1 Agenda Buy materials Go over syllabus Preview course Take photographs
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Paul von Hippel, OSU Sociology 549 2 Lecture 0 Introduction
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Paul von Hippel, OSU Sociology 549 3 Statistical questions 1. What is typical? 2. How much variety is there? 3. Who exactly are we talking about? 4. How certain are we? 5. What should we compare this to?
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Paul von Hippel, OSU Sociology 549 4 Proof by example “Proof by example” Often used in journalism and politics People are trying to sue McDonald’s for making consumers fat. chain restaurants must be protected from frivolous lawsuits Physician in Las Vegas closed his obstetric practice because of high malpractice premiums Malpractice verdicts and insurance rates must be capped I missed my exit The road sign should be moved.
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Paul von Hippel, OSU Sociology 549 5 1. What is typical? Response to “proof by example” Get beyond the single case to evaluate whether there’s a broader problem.
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