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Statistics and Probability

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Ethics and the Median

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You are given a medical diagnosis that has a median life expectancy of 8 months.

If your family is impoverished, could it be an unethical use of statistics to hold a big fundraiser advertising that you will be dead in 8 months so your family needs money to pay for the funeral?

A

No, because most people with this diagnosis die within 8 months.

B

Yes, because most people with this diagnosis don't die within 8 months.

C

No, because it is very unlikely that you'll be alive after 8 months.

D

Yes, because half of all people with this diagnosis live longer than 8 months.