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Ethics in statistics is about more than good practice. It extends to the communication of uncertainty and variation. "Statistics and ethics are intertwined" (Gelman, 2018) and statistics can be presented in a dishonest version or selecting data that fits one's hypothesis.

Here are five recommendations for dealing with fundamental dilemmas.

1. Open data and open methods

2. Be clear about the information that goes into statistical procedures

3. Create a culture of respect for data

4. Publication of criticisms

5. Respect the limitations of statistics



Gelman, A. (2018). Ethics in statistical practice and communication: Five recommendations. Significance. 5(15).

Statistics by Matthew Cheung. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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