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    09.01.09 Professor Edward Cheng and the Use of Statistics in Trials
    Professor Edward Cheng
    Statistics as a form of evidence have been used in trials for at least 40 years and their popularity is ever increasing. While there are benefits to presenting numbers as proof, Professor Cheng points out the high potential for statistical manipulation. In his forthcoming article "A Practical Solution to the Reference Class Problem," he argues that statistics depend on how the values are classified, which can easily be altered to fit a desired result. He says, "The resulting manipulability has the potential to completely undermine the objectivity and certainty that make statistical evidence so promising and attractive."

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