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Ethical Practices in Statistics

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The statistical research was done primarily through the internet from governmental regulated sources. Estimates were used in consideration of absence of actual information.

a. Identify two to three sources of ethical issues in your statistical research and data collection.

b. Evaluate potential biases in your research methodology.

c. How could inaccurate, dishonest, and incomplete interpretation of your research results contribute to poor business decision making?

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a. Identify two to three sources of ethical issues in your statistical research and data collection.

Here are several ethical issues that may arise in this research (you can choose and/or expand on 2 - 3 of them):

1. Biases that you introduce when estimating (see part b) might influence the results of the study.

2. You must appropriately acknowledge the sources of the data, which might not be possible when collecting data from the internet.

3. You should have the raw data available to other researchers who might want to verify your study in the future. This is not possible if you only have estimates.

4. People and/or organizations about which the data was originally collected have not given their consent to be included in your study. This might not be a legal issue, since the data is publicly available on the internet.

5. You need to ask the different ...

Solution Summary

The solution includes
a. Six examples of sources of ethical issues,
b. Four examples of potential biases, and
c. A discussion of how inaccurate or biased interpretation results could contribute to poor business decision making.

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