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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- History of statistics
- Physical randomization
- Public policy