went out hunting,
and came across a large deer. The first statistician fired, but missed,
by a meter to the left. The second statistician fired, but also missed,
by a meter to the right. The third statistician didn't fire, but shouted
in triumph, "On the average we got it!"
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
by Mark Twain to Benjamin Disraeli
is a systematic method for getting the wrong conclusion with confidence.
Statistics is a systematic method
for getting the wrong conclusion with 95% confidence.
In God we trust. All others must bring data.
Robert Hayden, Plymouth State College
- Patient: "Will I survive this risky operation?"
- Surgeon: "Yes, I'm absolutely sure that you will survive the operation."
- Patient: "How can you be so sure?"
"9 out of 10 patients die in this operation, and yesterday died my