Statistics part 2

Mark Twain:
” Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. (Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.)”

Benjamin Disraeli:
There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies and statistics.

Statistics have certainly gotten a bad reputation. I think that it is because they are used by scoundrels to win arguments that can’t be won any other way.

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One thought on “Statistics part 2

  1. That’s kind of an interesting notion. I for one love statistics. If it’s one thing that I agreed with my professor on this about: statistics don’t lie, people like about statistics. There’s so much distortion when it comes to certain matters. When Fox News has a “cell phone survey” and Ed from MSNBC does the same thing, they both have conflicting results when asking the same question…why? Because viewership is going to be leaning in two different directions. Politicians deal with opinions, statisticians deal in objectivity. Ignorant people have made statistics look bad, that and people of power.

    Statistically, poverty effects people of color, and women at much higher rates than men, and white individuals. Statistically these same people have lower educational attainment due to the method for which educational funding is distributed. Statistically, people in prison are proportionality uneducated, and of color. Statistically, rape and other sexual offenses happen from people we KNOW, such as family members and close friends. Statistically, the higher ones educational attainment the more money they will make.

    So why is it tat we have the sex offender registry? Given the statistics it will be extremely ineffective – and it is. Why is it that educational funding hasn’t been tackled, and why is not a bigger issue? Why is it that people want to slash every political department by 50%, and we wish to deal with a non-existent issue such as voter IDs, and bailouts to fix the economy when really, the biggest problem is a failed education system?

    My point is this, every statistic that shows a pattern of societal problem, it is ignored and given a stigma attached to it and then a new number that is completely unrelated. Again, statistics don’t lie, people lie with statistics. (Same with a gun, guns don’t kill people, people kill people with guns).

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