Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Discussions and related news items
Post Reply
bipedalhumanoid
Posts: 2675
Joined: Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:55 pm

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:44 pm

When Mark Twain uttered his memorable phrase, the science of statistics was in its infancy, and he could not have anticipated that statistics and data analysis would take centre stage in many of the 21st century’s controversies.

Was Mark Twain correct?

No.

Properly executed statistics are, in the words of statistician W. A. Wallis, “a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty.” Alas, the ease with which statistics can be abused for deception and manipulation challenges the public to remain alert and, indeed, alarmed.
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/43020.html
"The fact of your own existence is the most astonishing fact you will ever have to face. Don’t you ever get used to it." - Richard Dawkins... being shrill and offensive again I suppose.
Post Reply