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Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases

Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases BIOSTATISTICS & EPIDEMIOLOGY 2020, VOL. 4, NO. 1, 3–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/24709360.2019.1708660 INTRODUCTION Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases a,b T. Michael Kashner a b Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, USA; Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA ARTICLE HISTORY Received 15 November 2019; Accepted 16 December 2019 Despite recent advances in big data and advanced analytics, decision makers often do not trust n fi dings from statistical analyses and may thus demur from their usage citing Mark Twain’s famous nineteenth century quip: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ In his autobiography, Twain attributed the remark to Benjamin Disraeli who most likely was the ‘Statesman’ mentioned in Leonard H. Courtney’s explanation in 1895 of how one party representing the majority of the British electorate were seating only a minor- ity of members to the House of Commons. Lord Courtney’s complete quote, however, was more sanguine: Afterall,facts arefacts,andalthough we mayquote onetoanotherwithachucklethewords of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures thesimplestmustunderstand, andthe astutestcannot wriggleout of [1]. This special issue of Biostatistics & Epidemiology oer ff s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biostatistics & Epidemiology Taylor & Francis

Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases

Biostatistics & Epidemiology , Volume 4 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2020

Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases

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BIOSTATISTICS & EPIDEMIOLOGY 2020, VOL. 4, NO. 1, 3–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/24709360.2019.1708660 INTRODUCTION Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases a,b T. Michael Kashner a b Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, USA; Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA ARTICLE HISTORY Received 15 November 2019; Accepted 16 December 2019 Despite recent advances in big data and...
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BIOSTATISTICS & EPIDEMIOLOGY 2020, VOL. 4, NO. 1, 3–5 https://doi.org/10.1080/24709360.2019.1708660 INTRODUCTION Applying statistical and analytical methods to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs databases a,b T. Michael Kashner a b Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, USA; Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA ARTICLE HISTORY Received 15 November 2019; Accepted 16 December 2019 Despite recent advances in big data and advanced analytics, decision makers often do not trust n fi dings from statistical analyses and may thus demur from their usage citing Mark Twain’s famous nineteenth century quip: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ In his autobiography, Twain attributed the remark to Benjamin Disraeli who most likely was the ‘Statesman’ mentioned in Leonard H. Courtney’s explanation in 1895 of how one party representing the majority of the British electorate were seating only a minor- ity of members to the House of Commons. Lord Courtney’s complete quote, however, was more sanguine: Afterall,facts arefacts,andalthough we mayquote onetoanotherwithachucklethewords of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures thesimplestmustunderstand, andthe astutestcannot wriggleout of [1]. This special issue of Biostatistics & Epidemiology oer ff s

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