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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

in Stats Canada, Video

So Ted.com has another interesting video about Statistics, which is a fun part of my posts a lot of times.

In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating “the optimum TEDTalk” based on user ratings. How do you rate it? “Jaw-dropping”? “Unconvincing”? Or just plain “Funny”?

It’s always interesting to see people manipulate statistics to argue pretty much any point, and when they use it in a satirical fashion I appreciate it that much more, there is so little Mathematical Humor out there these days (although if you hang out with a bunch of Actuaries you would surely have a good time).

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