# Write a 700- to 1050-word paper describing the benefits of using statistical data in criminal just

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Write a 700- to 1050-word paper describing the benefits of using statistical data in criminal justice. Special attention should be given to the following: Mean Median Mode Sample Population When are inferential and descriptive statistics appropriate in criminal justice statistics? Include at least two peer reviewed references. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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Answer----------------When assessing academic studies, media members are often confronted by pages not only full of numbers, but also loaded with concepts such as "selection bias," "p-value" and "statistical inference."Statistics courses are available at most universities, of course, but are often viewed as something to be taken, passed and quickly forgotten. However, for media members and public communicators of many kinds it is imperative to do more than just read study abstracts; understanding the methods and concepts that underpin academic studies is essential to being able to judge the merits of a particular piece of research. Even if one can't master statistics, knowing the basic language can help in formulating better, more critical questions for experts, and it can foster deeper thinking, and skepticism, about findings.Further, the emerging field of data journalism requires that reporters bring more analytical rigor to the increasingly large amounts of numbers, figures and data they use. Grasping some of the academic theory behind statistics can help ensure that rigor.Most studies attempt to establish a correlation between two variables - for example, how having good teachers might be "associated with" (a phrase often used by academics) better outcomes later in life; or how the weight of a car is associated with fatal collisions. But detecting such a relationship is only a first step; the ultimate goal is to determine causation: that one of the two variables dri

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