Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Math

Metrics Mania and the Countless Counting Problem 138

Posted by timothy
from the units-of-hate-bottles-of-love dept.
mobkarma writes "Einstein once said, 'Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.' A New York Times article suggests that unless we know how things are counted, we don't know if it's wise to count on the numbers. The problem isn't with statistical tests themselves, but with what we do before and after we run them. If a person starts drinking day in and day out after a cancer diagnosis and dies from acute cirrhosis, did he kill himself? The answers to such questions significantly affect the count."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Metrics Mania and the Countless Counting Problem

Comments Filter:

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk

Working...