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The racial origins of the p-value by Theresa Wege
30 March @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0
About the speaker
Theresa Elise Wege is a PhD student and PGTA for statistics at the Centre for Mathematical Cognition, Loughborough University. While her research is focused on preschool maths, she thinks about statistics pedagogy and introducing students to the philosophy of science as part of her teaching role.
About the talk
Where do the statistical methods we commonly use come from? In this presentation, Theresa will explore the origins of the p-value and other statistical methods and discuss their connections to eugenics and white supremacist thinking in the early 20th century. With a feminist epistemology in mind, Theresa will present the discovery of statistical methods embedded in the biographies of Sir Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and Sir Ronald Fisher. She will conclude with how thinking about the origins of statistical methods can be integrated in the statistics curriculum and how it can facilitate discussions in the open science context.