Prove It with Figures

Empirical Methods in Law and Litigation

  • Hans Zeisel
  • David Kaye

Part of the Statistics for Social Science and Public Policy book series (SSBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 1-4
  3. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 5-26
  4. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 27-43
  5. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 45-68
  6. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 69-78
  7. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 79-100
  8. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 101-120
  9. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 121-134
  10. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 135-146
  11. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 147-153
  12. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 155-174
  13. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 175-198
  14. Hans Zeisel, David Kaye
    Pages 199-224
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 225-353

About this book


"Prove It With Figures" displays some of the tools of the social and statistical sciences that have been applied to the proof of facts in the courtroom and to the study of questions of legal importance. It explains how researchers can extract the most valuable and reliable data that can conveniently be made available, and how these efforts sometimes go awry. In the tradition of Zeisel's "Say It with Figures," a standard in the field of social statistics since 1947, it clarifies, in non-technical language, some of the basic problems common to all efforts to discern cause-and-effect relationships. Designed as a textbook for law students who seek an appreciation of the power and limits of empirical methods, the work also is a useful reference for lawyers, policymakers, and members of the public who would like to improve their critical understanding of the statistics presented to them. The many case histories include analyses of the death penalty, jury selection, employment discrimination, mass torts, and DNA profiling. Hans Zeisel was Professor of Law and Sociology Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he pioneered the application of social science to the law. Earlier, he had a distinguished career in public opinion and market research. He has written on a wide variety of topics, ranging from research methodology and history to law enforcement, juries, and Sheakespeare. He was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Assoication and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 1980 he was inducted into the Market Research Hall of Fame. David Kaye is Regents Professor at the Arizona State University, where he teaches evidence and related topics. An author of several law textbooks and treatises, his work also has appeared in journals of


Triangulation law market research sociology statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Zeisel
  • David Kaye
    • 1
  1. 1.College of LawArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7300-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1824-1
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