tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2855832589372200011.post8478944630519459555..comments2024-06-09T18:16:01.069-07:00Comments on The Sour Grapevine: An Increase of 1000%; a Decrease of 81%, and What's Left?Jay Sour, PhDhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15820570825725679971noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2855832589372200011.post-30327800060341925112021-02-16T06:16:04.823-08:002021-02-16T06:16:04.823-08:00Agreed, Tom. Statistics are great! But numbers a...Agreed, Tom. Statistics are great! But numbers always have to be interpreted. I would fault mathematicians for failing to educate the rest of us. Innumeracy has become the status quo. I credit Sal Kahn, founder of the Kahn Academy, as the exception who proves the rule. It is possible to explain, to vulgarize, mathematical concepts in an accessible, straightforward, meaningful and practical fashion. Too often mathematics is treated as an esoteric language used exclusively by the initiated to talk to one another, and used to bamboozle the rest of us.Jay Sour, PhDhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15820570825725679971noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2855832589372200011.post-60419259319780699632021-02-15T11:22:14.115-08:002021-02-15T11:22:14.115-08:00It's not actually statistics that lie - statis...It's not actually statistics that lie - statistics are great. They are precise and are nothing less than wonderful in explaining things. We would be lost without statistics (what if we couldn't hear "There's a 35% chance of snow this evening", or heard the answer to "What percentage of people are left-handed?"). "The lie" is in massaging the facts to dear gullible readers; if only all of us were statisticians (and accountants, of course), the world wouldn't suffer from misinterpretation of what should be intuitively clear and accurate. Long live Statistics Canada!Tom Wnoreply@blogger.com