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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Why I don't like Statistics (apart from the obvious)

Statistics are lies about the past. Well maybe not outright lies, maybe more like well-intentioned lies, or things that were (sort of) true if a certain person scrunched their eyes and mind in the right way. I have done statistics and research and I have watched other people do statistics and research and I have read statistics and research and I am less than convinced. I get less convinced the more I read.

More importantly, the lies that statistics tell are certainly not true now. There is no published statistic for now. And there is no published statistic for the future.

People are individuals. People change.

Comments:
I'm not so sure. I read somewhere that only 3 out of 10 people are individuals.
 
The rest of us are Cylons.

Or maybe we are all 70% Cylon.

Not quite sure, as I've lost the manual and Google doesn't help at all.
 
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