I’ve recently started a regular column on ethics, appearing every three months in Chance magazine. My first column, “Open Data and Open Methods,” is here, and my second column, “Statisticians: When we teach, we don’t practice what we preach” (coauthored with Eric Loken) will be appearing in the next issue.
Statistical ethics is a wide-open topic, and I’d be very interested in everyone’s thoughts, questions, and stories. I’d like to get beyond generic questions such as, Is it right to do a randomized trial when you think the treatment is probably better than the control?, and I’d also like to avoid the really easy questions such as, Is it ethical to copy Wikipedia entries and then sell the resulting publication for $2800 a year? [Note to people who are sick of hearing about this particular story: I’ll consider stopping my blogging on it, the moment that the people involved consider apologizing for their behavior.]
Please insert your thoughts, questions, stories, links, etc. in the comments. Or feel free to email me directly if you like to tell me something in confidence.