Hein (fub) wrote,
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Damn statistics getting in the way of a good story!

We all know the saying: "There are lies, there are damned lies, and there are statistics!" Somehow implying that statistics can be used to obfuscate the truth under heaps of numbers. But when applied correctly (I'd almost say 'honestly'), it is a valuable tool to discover the non-apparent relations around us.
However, what those numbers mean is often ill-understood. The worst is confusing correlation (two things occur together) with causation (one thing causes the other). This article explains it nicely, using the fact that the correlation between number of mobile phone masts and a significantly higher birth rate.

I wish more people understood this stuff. It's important.
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