Berkeley Planning Journal
The Case Against Statistics-as-Methods: Confessions of a Born-Again Planmaker
- Author(s): Landis, John
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/BP33213183
I n most planning programs, "methods" mean statistics. I n a 1 983 survey of 71 North American planning schools, E.H. Baxter found that statistics, chiefly inferential statistics, formed the core component of first-year planning methods classes in almost all of the planning pro grams surveyed ( 1 983). What explains this popularity? Statistics, I sus pect, has much the same appeal as a succesfs ul political candidate - although exciting to only a few, it is nontheless acceptable to many.