Largest community of statisticians offers help with covid statistics to government. No takers.

According to "The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the “Big Tent for Statistics.” It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country." Pretty impressive.

A few months ago, they released a statement offering to help with the covid-19 pandemic by assisting "officials in identifying appropriate unbiased expertise." Surely many experts were knocking the door down of the world's largest community of statisticians to get some help making sure their statistics were good.


On November 3rd, I emailed them this:

"You said in one of your covid19 links that: "We stand ready to assist officials in identifying appropriate unbiased expertise."

Could you tell me if anyone has taken you up on this? Or how many people or groups have?"

Their response on November 18th:

"As far as I can determine, no government officials have contacted the American Statistical Association directly to ask for assistance in identifying appropriate unbiased expertise for COVID-19. Many ASA members have worked and continue to work with the government at all levels to provide their expertise, and some of these members were likely directly independently contacted by government officials. The ASA still stands ready to help government officials identify appropriate unbiased expertise around covid-19."

Perhaps government officials working on covid19 aren't really interested in providing accurate statistical analysis?

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