In Supreme Court Debate on Voting Rights Act, a Dubious Use of Statistics

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. introduced a statistical claim that he took to imply that an important provision of the Voting Rights Act has become outmoded. …

As much as it pleases me to see statistical data introduced in the Supreme Court, the act of citing statistical factoids is not the same thing as drawing sound inferences from them. [cont.]

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight (NYT)