Wednesday, February 13, 2013
More Stats… & a Question
Two more recent views of the rise of statistics:
1) the positive from Marie Davidian here, ending with, "Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write" (supposedly a quote from HG Wells):
and 2) a somewhat cautionary take (regarding "big data" and how it leads to increased spurious claims) from the usually irascible, often provocative, always wary, writer Nassim Taleb here:
And on a complete side note a simple question I'm curious about:
The prior post (Monday) referred to the "pigeon-hole principle" and caused me to wonder just how mathematical "principles" and mathematical "axioms" or "postulates" are distinguished by formal definition in math? … both represent (it seems) strong underlying intuitive assumptions. From googling around a bit, it appears to me that axioms/postulates may be a sub-category of "principles," which are specifically implemented to derive theorems through logical steps (while "principles" are a broader category of assumptions that also lead to other results, but not restricted to theorems). Am I on the right track, or if I'm not can someone set me straight with the correct, precise distinction?