Simpson's Paradox: A Data Set and Discrimination Case Study Exercise

Saturday, October 18th, 20143:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Presented by: Stanley A. Taylor & Amy E. Mickel; California State University, Sacramento


We present a data set and case study exercise that can be used by educators to teach a range of statistical concepts including Simpson’s paradox. The data set and case study are based on a real-life scenario where there was a claim of discrimination based on ethnicity. The exercise highlights the importance of performing rigorous statistical analysis and how data interpretations can accurately inform or misguide decision makers.