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

December 6, 2011 - 8:33am

An engineer, a chemist and a statistician are staying in a hotel. (It’s a triple room, very cosy.) The first night they are there, a fire breaks out and wakes them up. The engineer gets up, grabs the fire extinguisher and puts out the fire. Later, they’re all woken by another fire (very dodgy health and safety). The chemist thinks “the fire reaction requires oxygen”, grabs a fire blanket and smothers the flames until they go out. Even later, the engineer and the chemist are woken by the statistician lighting a series of fires in the corner. “What are you doing?”, they cry in unison.


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