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Biometry in the Third World: Science not Ritual
D. A. Preece
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 1984), pp. 519-523
Published by: International Biometric Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2531406
Page Count: 5
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The author's experience, particularly with agricultural experimentation, has persuaded him that Third-World countries suffer badly from a lack of biometric expertise. Badly designed, unsatisfactorily run and unsoundly analysed agricultural experiments are common. An abstract mathematical approach to statistics is partly to blame, with a `cookbook' approach to both design and analysis. Statistical `recipes' are followed blindly, and ritual has taken over from scientific thinking. But the Third World can hardly be blamed for its imported biometric rituals if these are perceived as appropriate in scientific work in developed countries.
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