onsdag 25 september 2019

Statistically, you shouldn't believe the news

The most important sentence in The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data, a new book by David Spiegelhalter, is buried in a footnote on page 358. When it comes to statistical stories in the news, he says, he applies what he calls “the Groucho principle”, after Groucho Marx’s dictum that he would never join a club that would accept him as a member.