17 nov. 2011

Critical Thinking Exercise

This post from a while back had me thinking about a common statistic reported in the media and on blogs about the life-expectancy of former NFL players and the danger of getting decaf[?] espresso in the late afternoon.

Studies have shown that 80.4% of of statistics are highly misleading if not false.

1 comentario:

Clarissa dijo...

As we used to say in the USSR, don't believe statistics you haven't falsified yourself. :-)

I'm married to a statistician and he rolls his eyes whenever he sees any popular uses of statistics.