Tagged: statistics

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WaPo Wants You to Know Just How Hard It Is

News stories like this infuriate me. Not for nearly the same reasons as it seems to bother my social media ecosphere today. America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. […] It’s depressing, but not nearly so much as this: Even poor kids who do everything...

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty opportunities, or convince you that what you’re fighting for is...

Freakonomics: Three Years Late 2

Freakonomics: Three Years Late

I just finished Freakonomics. Yes, I know I’m late. That’s okay. It actually had some interesting things to say about education and race and economics that will color my thinking about the other reading I’ve been doing. The most important thing I realized while reading is that you have to...

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2000 Verses

There’s a movement afoot (how often do you get to use that word?) whose leaders like to repeat a particular statistic over and over.  I’ll pause and let you try to figure it out, as you list everyone who fits this description in your head.  Okay. Here’s a smattering of...