How Does a Statistician Raise an Army? The Time When John W. Tukey, a Team of Luminaries, and a Statistics Graduate Student Repaired the Vietnam Selective Service Lotteries

Tim Johnson, Christopher T. Dawes, Dalton Conley

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Abstract

Scholars have documented the failed randomization in 1969’s inaugural Vietnam Selective Service Lottery, but the story of how statisticians fixed that problem remains untold. Here, as the 50th anniversary of these events approaches, we recount how John W. Tukey, a team of statistical luminaries, and a graduate student from the University of Chicago repaired the draft lottery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Statistician
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

Keywords

  • Conscription
  • History of statistics
  • Physical randomization
  • Public policy
  • Randomization

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