Statistics for evidence-based decisions - use, misuse and abuse

Khan, Shahjahan and Memon, M. Ashraf (2017) Statistics for evidence-based decisions - use, misuse and abuse. In: Third International Conference on Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE-2017), 13-16 Nov 2017, Springfield, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

Increasingly decision-makers are relying on an evidenced- based approach, using results extracted by analysing exponentially growing data. Statistical methods have become an integral part of analysing and interpreting simple or complex data to make valid and accurate decisions for society and science in the face of uncertainty. Because of its power to uncover, otherwise unavailable, valuable information from data, statistics is increasingly being applied for both private and public benefit including business and trade, not to mention its crucial role in research and innovative technologies. The key role of statistics is engraved in the planning and development of every successful nation and international agency. In fact, the scope of statistics is not confined by borders as it disseminates through regional and international organisations and agencies driving social, economic, environmental, health, poverty elimination, education and other agendas for planned development. Obviously statistical methods are capable of analysing data to determine various indices, indicators, predictions, estimates, and perform tests to help identify any problems and take appropriate measures to remedy them. Because of the obvious power of statistics it has been used, misused and abused by those who are in authority and power.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 04:41
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 03:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: evidence-based decision, analysis of data, estimation and test, P-value, society and science
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33549

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