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Presentation 4F2. Cramming for Court: Teaching Statistics to Litigators

Mary Gray (USA)


Presentation Abstract

Experienced litigators pride themselves on being able to do a quick study of any subject, no matter how esoteric. However, self-help frequently does not suffice when the subject is statistics. No matter how well-prepared the expert testimony on her/his side, the failure of many litigators to be able to understand the statistics of the opposition adequately to cross exam has doomed many cases. Several examples will be explored, together with guidelines for statisticians who must prep the math-phobic advocate.


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