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Social Science Number

/sō-shəl sī-ən(t)s nəm-bər/


n. A statistic that is content-free, or nearly so. A measure derived via methods of questionable validity from data of a dubious and vague nature. Predictively, having a social science number in hand is seldom much better than nothing, and can be considerably worse. management loves them.

See also numbers, math-out, pretty pictures.