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Original language | English |
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Place of Publication | København |

Number of pages | 28 |

ISBN (Electronic) | x656455925 |

Publication status | Published - 2004 |

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**Reversible Statistics : The Making of Statistical Facts and Artifacts in Economics.** / Tryggestad, Kjell.

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TY - UNPB

T1 - Reversible Statistics

T2 - The Making of Statistical Facts and Artifacts in Economics

AU - Tryggestad, Kjell

N1 - Generelle noter: Ikke identisk med paper med samme titelfra 2001

PY - 2004

Y1 - 2004

N2 - The study aims is to describe how the inclusion and exclusion of materials and calculative devices construct the boundaries and distinctions between statistical facts and artifacts in economics. My methodological approach is inspired by John Graunt's (1667) Political arithmetic and more recent work within constructivism and the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The result of this approach is here termed reversible statistics, reconstructing the findings of a statistical study within economics in three different ways. It is argued that all three accounts are quite normal, albeit in different ways. The presence and absence of diverse materials, both natural and political, is what distinguishes them from each other. Arguments are presented for a more symmetric relation between the scientific statistical text and the reader. I will argue that a more symmetric relation can be achieved by accounting for the significance of the materials and the equipment that enters into the production of statistics. Key words: Reversible statistics, diverse materials, constructivism, economics, science, and technology.

AB - The study aims is to describe how the inclusion and exclusion of materials and calculative devices construct the boundaries and distinctions between statistical facts and artifacts in economics. My methodological approach is inspired by John Graunt's (1667) Political arithmetic and more recent work within constructivism and the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The result of this approach is here termed reversible statistics, reconstructing the findings of a statistical study within economics in three different ways. It is argued that all three accounts are quite normal, albeit in different ways. The presence and absence of diverse materials, both natural and political, is what distinguishes them from each other. Arguments are presented for a more symmetric relation between the scientific statistical text and the reader. I will argue that a more symmetric relation can be achieved by accounting for the significance of the materials and the equipment that enters into the production of statistics. Key words: Reversible statistics, diverse materials, constructivism, economics, science, and technology.

KW - Anvendt statistik

KW - Statistiske analysemetoder

KW - Empiriproblemer

KW - Økonomiske fænomener

M3 - Working paper

BT - Reversible Statistics

CY - København

ER -