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Misconceptions About Statistics – Part 2


When I was a grad student many years ago, I subsidized my studies doing part-time statistical and programming consulting at the university. I'd generally be presented with data on magnetic tape to read, organize and analyze by a group conducting research. At that time, my “platform” was Fortran, PL/I and SAS on an IBM mainframe.

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Great article, nicely done. This is one of those occasions where I agree with everything an author said without comment. I would add one thing though. You mention the misapplication by inexperienced or biased practitioners. The big culprits, as far as health and medicine are concerned, are the flaks from the medical/pharma complex and the ignorant media people who swallow and report their tainted truths. It's criminal.

-Neil Raden Hired Brains

Posted by Neil R | Wednesday, May 26 2010 at 2:35PM ET
Neil --

Thanks for your comment. If you haven't read The Illusion of Certainty book referenced in the column, by all means take a look.

This short article provides a nice introduction to the concepts: and Reviews/CMAJ Article, 5-20-08.pdf

Regards, Steve

Posted by steve m | Wednesday, May 26 2010 at 5:19PM ET
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