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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    Teh completely legit statistics thread

    I am 99.98% certain that Cardinal just made up some statistics on the spot a short while ago.

    I am also 89.55% sure that ofos will post some smart ass remark on this thread within the next 100 minutes.
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    The best lecture I have had...."Massage the numbers enough and they will tell you what you want."
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    To quote Mark Twain making stuff up about Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
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    Quote Originally posted by kjel View post
    The best lecture I have had...."Massage the numbers enough and they will tell you what you want."
    The version I've heard and prefer: "If you torture the numbers long enough, they will confess." Math being, well, The Reason I Am A History Major, the use of the verb torture seems apt.
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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
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    Living in a household with someone who actually likes science I will tell her about a stat I heard and she will ask about the study and if it was peer reviewed, and the standard deviation, blah blah.

    I just now say I heard a rumor. It is easier that way.


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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    I just now say I heard a rumor. It is easier that way.
    They've done studies, you know? 60% of the time, it works all the time.
    And that concludes staff’s presentation...

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I am also 89.55% sure that ofos will post some smart ass remark on this thread within the next 100 minutes.
    Sorry, I must have dozed off. Statistics and economics have that effect on me 89.55% of the time (+/- 4% margin of error).
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    True Stat

    Maister only posts 0.17 posts per hour.
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    Truer Stat

    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Maister only posts 0.17 posts per hour.
    Only 0.07 of those posts receive responses.

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    Truest True Stat

    On average, only 3.1415% of regular Cyburbian users respond to a Maister poll. But I could be wrong.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    I am very sure that I am going on vacation next week, so much is that ?
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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Word on the street is JNA spends 27.6% of his time on vacation and 36.4% of his work hours on Cyburbia.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Word on the street is JNA spends 27.6% of his time on vacation and 36.4% of his work hours on Cyburbia.
    Well you have been listening to the wrong people again.
    I am sure I will not have computer access while on vacation because I don't own a laptop or pad
    and
    as to work time, as stated above
    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
    or
    that is just a
    rumor
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    I am the last poster in a thread 54.907% of the time. But not this time.

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    Bureau of labor statistics -

    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000/

    1. Choose 1950 in the "from" drop down list
    2. Click on "Go"

    The baby boomers started working around 1964, the last of us around 1980.

    Check out the chart.

    These same baby boomers started retiring recently.

    A mirror image, do you suppose ?
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    Quote Originally posted by safege View post
    Bureau of labor statistics -

    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000/

    1. Choose 1950 in the "from" drop down list
    2. Click on "Go"

    The baby boomers started working around 1964, the last of us around 1980.

    Check out the chart.

    These same baby boomers started retiring recently.

    A mirror image, do you suppose ?
    I thought maybe this was going to show that one's chances of actually receiving Social Security benefits at age 65 decline 10% per year based on the year we started working...

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    Well... 90% of everything is crap.

    Oh wait, that's Sturgeon's Law
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    Don't know the numbers but I do know that the hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I don't believe in probability, for what it's worth statistically. I believe it will either rain, or not rain. That's a 100% chance or a 0% chance, you just have to wait and see which it is. Probability is a lie. Don't buy in.
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    There is always a 50% chance of rain.

    There is an 87.3% chance that today I'll hear a front counter customer say something really stupid.

    There is a 9.17% chance I'll get a response to the email I'm about to send to landowner about the trail easement document I sent him to review (more than 3 weeks ago).
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