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Randomistas : how radical researchers changed our world

Author: Andrew Leigh
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Randomized tests are carried out on us every day: by supermarkets, search engines, online dating sites and direct marketers. Political parties use randomized trials to win elections. But how do these tests work? Are there any ethical issues? And what do they reveal about our choices? In this book, the author tells the stories of radical researchers who overturned conventional wisdom in medicine, politics, economics,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Leigh
ISBN: 0300236123 9780300236125
OCLC Number: 1112479652
Description: 279 s. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Scurvy, scared straight and sliding doors --
From bloodletting to placebo surgery --
Decreasing disadvantage, one coin toss at a time --
The pioneers of randomisation --
Learning how to teach --
Controlling crime --
Valuable experiments in poor countries --
Farms, firms and Facebook --
Testing theories in politics and philanthropy --
Treat yourself --
Building a better feedback loop --
What's the next chance? --
Ten commandments for running your own randomised trial --
Acknowledgements --
Endnotes --
Index
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