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Statisticians' Plea: Please Pick Up the Phone

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Distribution center, England

A worker pulls a pallet at a distribution center in Burton-upon-Trent, England, on Saturday. The U.K. warns fewer people are responding to the surveys that power its employment statistics, a challenge that's increasing internationally.

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In the era of big data, when demand for statistics is higher than ever, a shadow of danger looms over the numbers revolution: People are increasingly refusing to provide them.

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