WIRED Article on Statistics

While on holiday, I read a short (but interesting) article in WIRED about statistics. The article by Clive Thompson explains that statistics is the new language that one has to know to understand our world. It is, as written by the author, the new grammar. He also gives an excellent example of the “correlation is not causation” fact:

Or take the raging debate over childhood vaccination, where well-intentioned parents have drawn disastrous conclusions from anecdotal information. Activists propagate horror stories of children who seemed fine one day, got vaccinated, and then developed autism. Of course, as anyone with any exposure to statistics knows, correlation is not causation. And individual stories don’t prove anything; when you examine data on the millions of vaccinated kids, even the correlation vanishes.

Read the full article: Do You Speak Statistics?


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