Albion College

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics and Computer Science

COLLOQUIUM

Exaggerating Data

Jack Kalbfleisch

Professor and Chair

Department of Biostatistics

University of Michigan

Professor and Chair

Department of Biostatistics

University of Michigan

We will look at a number of examples where the way in which the data arise is biased so that care must be exercised in drawing conclusions. These examples include the famous bus paradox of Feller and some more practical situations which arise, for example, in the analysis of early detection programs for disease, or in the analysis of data on patient survival in studies of organ transplants. Some elementary statistical aspects will be considered and developed with a view to finding ways to carry out a correct analysis of the data.