Tuesday, March 20, 2012

There's Math & Then There's Math Interpretation

"...there are two broad interpretations of almost all real-world numbers problems — the stripped-down, mathematicians’ approach and the interpretive statisticians’ approach. And it’s in this wiggle room of interpretation where pure math hits the real world that misleading statistics are born."
From a nice blog piece over at Scientific American on doing math... and, being done in by math (starts off with the famous 'boy born on Tuesday problem'):


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