Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Daily News Published a Letter of Mine!

Inspired by "Freakonomics," which reveals hidden truths in statistics, among other things:

This wasn't the full letter though. It is way, way edited. The original's subject was "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics" (two points if you know who said that without Googling), and the full content was as follows:

"Why are police departments always given carte blanche credit for local reductions in murders? If murders are down, but felony assault is up, what does that really tell you? Doesn't it tell you that EMS, hospitals, medical technology and doctors are doing a better job at keeping people alive, thereby moving the murders from statistical column A to the assaults from statistical column B? Not if you're blinded by the pretty lies of statistics."

Now if only they'd publish my thoughts on Tiger...


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