The journal’s new rule has opened up debate surrounding the wider issue of how statistics is performed in the pursuit of scientific analysis. It poses the question of what conclusions can you draw from the result of a statistical test and how definitively does this verify your conclusion. It also makes you ponder what Ronald Fisher, Jerzy Neyman and Egon Pearson would have made of the way modern science employs the statistical theories they developed.
The value of the property.
The building’s square footage.
The age of the building.
The timeliness of its tax records.
Whether its utility bills are in arrears.
Taken together - with some clever maths applied - these are the predictive indicators for identifying some of the most dangerous buildings in New York City.