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October 28, 2005

Proxies and Stats

We've all heard me rant a little about how I don't trust math. I think is a BS field. You can make it lie and bend to your will at your command. That's exactly what they talked about in this damn book.

I made my thoughts known about things in class, especially when it involves statistics. The response you get from Portland, Oregon is going to be almost diametrically opposite of the answer in Atlanta, Georgia.

There's also a great example that fits both: This graph

You could make a connection, statistically speaking, about average global temperature and the number of pirates in the world. You can also make that a proxy that when the temp goes up/down, the liklihood of being attacked by a pirate has increased/decreased

They both suck and are favorites of the media. I hate them

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at October 28, 2005 5:25 PM


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