Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Margin of Error = +/- 100%

43 percent of all statistics are made up.

Explanation: It's true! I read this as the result of a study, which also surveyed a large number of statisticians and found that 45 percent of them are liars. The study also demonstrated that 81 percent of study findings are incorrect.

Special Blog Bonus: Speaking of studies, here is a Far Side for you:

Testing whether or not animals kiss


Jack said...

Was the cartoon testing really necessary? You are of course familar with the phrase "Sometimes you need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Prince?" Statistically this is a problem because may frogs give you warts and what percentage of Princes prefer a wart encircled mouth to kiss.

(I could give you exact percentages but I would have to make them up!)

Willie Y said...

I agree 126% of the time.

Heather said...

I teach with a "statistical inventor", and much like the card game, sometimes when he talks I want to stand up in class and scream, "Bullshit!!"
Statistics last week included a totally fabricated number of technologically up to date health centers in Canada in comparison to New Brunswick and the U.S.
Can I teach with Willie instead?
He probably doesn't want to wear his confederate uniform to school..

Willie Y said...

Heather for a buck I'll do just about anything.