January 12, 2012 - 2:51am

Figures won't lie, but liars will figure.
~ General Charles H. Grosvenor

January 10, 2012 - 2:50am

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
~ Jean Cocteau

December 20, 2011 - 9:36am

In God we Trust, All Others Must Bring Data
~ William Edwards Deming

December 17, 2011 - 8:11pm

The important criterion for a graph is not simply how fast we can see a result; rather it is whether through the use of the graph we can see something that would have been harder to see otherwise or that could not have been seen at all.
~ William Cleveland, The Elements of Graphing Data, Chapter 2

A statistical post-mortem


To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.

Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher


November 1, 2011 - 8:14am

If you torture the data long enough it will eventually confess.
~ Ronald Harry Coase

October 31, 2011 - 6:00am

I know of scarcely anything so apt to impress the imagination as the wonderful form of cosmic order expressed by the 'Law of Frequency of Error.' The law would have been personified by the Greeks and deified, if they had known of it. It reigns with serenity and in complete self-effacement, amidst the wildest confusion. The huger the mob, and the greater the apparent anarchy, the more perfect is its sway.

October 24, 2011 - 5:04pm

"All models are wrong but some are useful"
~ George Box, 1979, pg 202


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