суббота, 15 января 2011 г.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics

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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.... one must understand the proper role of statistics, and in particular the difference between meaningless anecdotes and real data.

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