Take the fraction 0/0 (zero over zero). Using extrapolation this is equal to 0, 1 or infinity.
0/3 = 0/2 = 0/1 = 0 therefore 0/0 = 0
3/3 = 2/2 = 1/1 = 1 therefore 0/0 = 1
3/0 = 2/0 = 1/0 = infinity therefore 0/0 = infinity
With the ability to skew the numbers like this, I think I missed my calling as a marketer (or politician)
Who was it who said "There are Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics"? (Just googled, Mark Twain popularised it but attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, but that's doubtful....)
Very applicable here though, bad statistics and bad extrapolations are closely related. At this rate, nothing we read in a couple of years time will be able to be believed.... :-)
i love that innumeracy book! i've been using that on all my Lit Major friends for decades!
i agree with this article thoroughly, but i do want to make sure we remember the miracle of quasi-math laws: moore's law.
that thing is the one and only legitimate one, and it's been in effect for nearly 40 years, though we may be finally coming to the end of it (how many times has that been said about moore's law??).