= S =
social science number n. //
[IBM] 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. As a rule,
management loves them. See also numbers, math-out,
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.