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## Science and the Shortcomings of Statistics429

Posted by samzenpus
from the 14%-of-people-know-that-statistics-can-prove-anything dept.
Kilrah_il writes "The linked article provides a short summary of the problems scientists have with statistics. As an intern, I see it many times: Doctors do lots of research but don't have a clue when it comes to statistics — and in the social science area, it's even worse. From the article: 'Even when performed correctly, statistical tests are widely misunderstood and frequently misinterpreted. As a result, countless conclusions in the scientific literature are erroneous, and tests of medical dangers or treatments are often contradictory and confusing.'"
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## Science and the Shortcomings of Statistics

• #### Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics. (Score:5, Informative)

on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:31PM (#31518344)

In other news math may not lie but people still can, all the honesty and good statistics in the world doesnt help end-user stupidity, and there are statistically two popes per square kilometer in the vatican.

• #### Re:Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics. (Score:3, Informative)

on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:41PM (#31518400)
Also, statistics are often manipulated to suggest correlations where there are none.
• #### Re:Maths anxiety (Score:5, Informative)

on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:50PM (#31518454) Journal
How to Lie with Statistics [amazon.com] by Darrell Huff. Recommended reading.
• #### Re:Example: Standard Deviation (Score:5, Informative)

on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @10:59PM (#31518532)
Standard deviation is what you learn very early in school. And this was a endocrinologist - a specialist who no doubt took a lot of Biostatistics courses and such, and used a lot of statistics all through his education. And you are telling me that it's not his "job" to know? Wow! We are talking the most basic stuff that anyone with a degree in the sciences should know. It's almost like saying that an English major can be excused if he doesn't know that 2+2=4 because "it's not his job to know".
• #### Re:No surprise here (Score:3, Informative)

on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @11:02PM (#31518560)

It's perfectly reasonable that someone use a calculator for sales tax (if an exact answer is desired).

Also, sales tax is multiplication - not algebra.

• #### Re:No surprise here (Score:1, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 17, 2010 @11:18PM (#31518676)

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