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Basic Concepts of Probability and Statistics in the Law

Finkelstein, Michael O.


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From the reviews:

“…A ‘shorter and mathematically less challenging’ version of an earlier co-authored book, Statistics for Lawyers. …Full of legal argument and counter-argument forensically dissected by the author. …The book requires concentration but is fun to read. …Presents an excellent treatment of a fascinating field.” (International Statistical Review, 2010, 78, 1, 134-159)

“This work is a good introductional textbook on statistics and probability for lawyers. … The book contains … many examples (sometimes with numerical data and simple calculations) of courts decisions and discussions of real life causes. … Special attention is paid to the statistical meaning of DNA-testing procedures, analysis of epidemiologic data and discrimination causes.” (R. E. Maiboroda, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1173, 2009)

“Basic Concepts of Probability and Statistics in the Law (BCPSL) is an introduction to our discipline for law students and lawyers who want to understand basic statistics and how statistics are used in legal cases. … BCPSL contains some new cases and was a fun and much faster read. … students would enjoy and learn from BCPSL. … a good choice for someone who has already had a basic statistics course or as complementary reading in an introductory course.” (Dalene Stancl, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 106 (493), March, 2011)

“The author, a lawyer by training, wrote this book as a more accessible … version of his more comprehensive book on the topic, Statistics for Lawyers (2000). This slimmer version of the more comprehensive book makes for a quick, enlightening read. While this book was written primarily for law students, it can be understood by those with formal statistical training who want to understand an area of application of statistical concepts. … statistician or student of statistics would be able to benefit from this book.” (Willis A. Jensen, Technometrics, Vol. 52 (4), November, 2010)



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