"You can do precise statistics about what's in your database, and may be completely wrong about the world."
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Meet Patrick Ball, a statistician who's spent his life lifting the fog of war.
"On March 13, 2002, in a courtroom in The Hague, something different happened. In the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, Patrick Ball, an American statistician, presented numbers to support the case that Milosevic had pursued a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing. "We find evidence consistent with the hypothesis that Yugoslav forces forced people from their homes, forced Albanian Kosovars from their homes, and killed people," Ball said."
Dr. Ball is the director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group
, which 'designs and builds information management solutions and conducts statistical analysis on behalf of human rights projects.'
Five Questions For Patrick Ball
, at Engineering For Change
He was also the subject of a Wired
article from 2002, in which his report on 'ethnic cleansing' in Kosovo is available as a PDF.