This column is in answer to our last column on Chris Anderson’s thesis supporting massive data correlation over the scientific method. For an informed background, please read that column or Anderson’s Wired article.

I received quite a lot of feedback from my last DM Review column. Most of the comments dealt either with causation versus correlation or argued that statistics are but one tool in the scientific workshop, not an alternative. I’d say the net reaction was even overall; several readers were taken with Anderson’s thinking, others were not impressed and a few were genuinely upset. (Anderson has taken a lot of heat on the Web, some of it reasoned and the rest a digest of angry flaming.)

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