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Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice

Prepared by the Committee on Professional Ethics
of the American Statistical Association

Approved by the ASA Board of Directors in April 2016

The American Statistical Association's Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice are intended to help statistics practitioners make and communicate decisions ethically as well as to inform those relying on statistical analysis, including employers, colleagues, and the public, of the standards that they should expect, thereby promoting accountability. …

The principles expressed here should guide both those whose primary occupation is statistics and those in all other disciplines who use statistical methods in their professional work. Therefore, throughout these guidelines, the term "statistician" includes all practitioners of statistics and quantitative sciences, regardless of job title or field of degree, comprising statisticians at all levels of the profession and members of other professions who utilize and report statistical analyses and their implications.

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