Understanding Simpson's Paradox

  title={Understanding Simpson's Paradox},
  author={Judea Pearl},
  journal={ERN: Other Econometrics: Econometric \& Statistical Methods (Topic)},
  • J. Pearl
  • Published 19 September 2013
  • Philosophy
  • ERN: Other Econometrics: Econometric & Statistical Methods (Topic)
Simpson's paradox is often presented as a compelling demonstration of why we need statistics education in our schools. It is a reminder of how easy it is to fall into a web of paradoxical conclusions when relying solely on intuition, unaided by rigorous statistical methods. In recent years, ironically, the paradox assumed an added dimension when educators began using it to demonstrate the limits of statistical methods, and why causal, rather than statistical considerations are necessary to… 
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