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Bill Goodman


Statistics and Risk Management

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 2012
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2639


Dr. William Goodman has conducted extensive research into the distribution of incident-outcome severities (magnitudes) in diverse applications—from industrial and radiological health and safety, to medication-administration errors, to comparisons of outcome-distributions for educational interventions. His core model for analyzing severe-outcome accidents has been applied commercially on data for organizations including:

  • Atomic Energy Control Board
  • Ault Foods
  • Bruce Nuclear
  • CANDU Owners Group
  • Health Canada
  • Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation


  • Bachelor of Arts University of Waterloo in Ontario
  • Master of Arts (Masters Gold Medal) University of Waterloo in Ontario
  • PhD University of Waterloo in Ontario

Research and expertise

  • applied statistics and statistical literacy
  • evaluation of educational technology
  • knowledge representation and decision modeling
  • risk assessment, perception and communication


  • Selected publications
    • Numerous papers on statistics and statistical literacy and on evaluations of educational simulations and innovations.
    • A statistics textbook for Nelson Education (Canada).
    • Articles and book chapters on critical thinking, theories of knowledge, and philosophies of science and education.
    • Educational software.
    • A large number of consultative reports.

    View a partial list of Dr. Goodman's publications.

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