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jvn01
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jvn01   8/8/2012 7:53:25 AM
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'Ah, Statistics. I love the one that says "30% of accidents are caused by drunk drivers". That means 60% are caused by sober drivers, ergo, it is safer to drive drunk than sober. Where's the beer? ' Hmmm, interesting point, but I'm most concerned about the remaining 10% of accidents - who is causing them..?

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HereBeDragons   8/5/2012 11:33:26 PM
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Ah, Statistics. I love the one that says "30% of accidents are caused by drunk drivers". That means 60% are caused by sober drivers, ergo, it is safer to drive drunk than sober. Where's the beer?

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Larry M   8/3/2012 1:51:40 PM
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Cosider the sources... "The Federal Trade Commission reported that counterfeit automotive parts total approximately $12 billion and also result in 200,000 fewer manufacturing jobs." These "counterfeit auto parts" constitute copies of bumpers, grilles, and fenders made offshore as an alternative to the vastly overpriced "crash parts" used as a cash cow by poorly-run, tsnking US auto companies. These gasping-for-last-breath US auto companies are now taking a stab at protecting their turf by applying for design patents on every element of their cars--shape of the bumpers, fenders, headlight rims, and windshields--to compel owners to buy only from them. Of course they would issue a report like the one cited above.

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djohns   8/2/2012 6:04:21 PM
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"If you torture numbers long enough you can get them to say anything."

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BrianBailey   8/2/2012 5:10:14 PM
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I love your first quote. I must find a way to use that in the future. Thanks.

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rfindley   8/2/2012 5:03:56 PM
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'Statistics' is the art of turning meaningful information into a creatively useful misrepresentation of reality.

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Teako   8/2/2012 4:30:47 PM
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"Statistics Don’t Lie, Statisticians Do" It is not true that you can say just anything with statistics. If two people come up with different conclusions using the same data, then at least one person is wrong.

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SouthernKiwi   8/2/2012 2:10:30 PM
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Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. ~Aaron Levenstein Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches. ~W.I.E. Gates

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diamondw   8/2/2012 12:33:10 PM
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The quote was popularized by Mark Twain in 1906 although he attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli (who didn't seem to have ever used it).

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BrianBailey   8/1/2012 10:32:25 PM
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Mea Culpa

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