Statistical Models

Math: The best kind of witness

Math: The best kind of witness

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on a 10 year old sexual discrimination law suit brought against Wal-Mart.1  I was listening to a summary of the oral argument yesterday when I heard this:

Scalia added that if statistical models can replace witnesses and evidence, “we must have a pretty bad judicial system.”

I was driving at the time just about lost it.  Replacing witnesses and evidence with statistical models?  Oh, Judge Scalia, you’ve clearly never practiced in Workers’ Compensation…

  1. Photo courtesy of colodio []

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