I need a title for my book on ethics and statistics!!

November 26, 2012

(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

“Ethics and Statistics” is descriptive but boring. It sounds like the textbook for a course which, unfortunately, nobody will take.

“Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics” is too unoriginal.

“How to Lie, Cheat, and Steal With Statistics” is kind of ok, maybe?

“Statistical Dilemmas”: maybe a bit too boring as well.

“Knaves and Frauds of Statistics, and Some Guys Who’ve Skated a Bit Close to the Edge”: Hmmm….

Maybe we have to get “statistics” out of the title altogether?

“Knaves and Frauds of Data Science”?

“Date Science and Data Fraud”?

“10 Things You Really Really Really Shouldn’t Do With Numbers”?

And, if no better idea comes along, there’s always “Evilicious: Why We Evolved a Taste for Being Bad.” (Regular readers will know what I’m talking about here; the rest of you can google it.)

Or maybe just “The Wegman Report”?

It’s hard to come up with a good title. Even John Updike had difficulties in this regard.

If any of you can suggest a better title for my ethics and statistics book, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

P.S. The starting point for the book will be the series of columns on ethics and statistics that I’ve been running in Chance magazine.

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