August 24, 2010

Hooray, Statistics New Zealand… Mythbusters

One of the things that gets me riled up is the use of unsubstantiated, or miscalculated, statistics.

I can relate to the following statement from Statistics NZ’s population statistics team;

Analysts in the Population Statistics Unit hear often repeated statements that make us:

  • shake our heads in despair
  • scratch our heads in thought
  • or just yell no!

See here for some myth-busting. 

And, check your facts… just because someone said it doesn’t make it correct!

I chased down an interesting quote from a book once, that ended in the thin air of “someone said it at a conference”.  No data to back it up.  A number pulled from the ether and granted strength through publication.  Sigh.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)
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