08 August 2009

The Point Of Statistics

It strikes me as worth saying, because I don't see it out there very often, that the only point of statistics is to try to determine whether an apparent difference between two sets of data is a real difference rather than simply an artifact of error and randomness.

Also, that statistics is a fairly blunt instrument and no one study "proves" anything. All generalizations from studies are a leap of faith, albeit some more than others.

1 comment:

Hey Skipper said...

Regarding statistics, there is some interesting reading here.