Sunday, January 9, 2011

Quote of the Day: Statistics at the NYTimes

Who said statistics weren't important to journalists?
perhaps it is no surprise that while the number of students taking the A.P. biology test has more than doubled since 1997, the median score has dropped to 2.63, from 3.18
More than anything else, the fact that journalists don't understand statistics hampers reporting in the U.S. They publish misleading numbers, make technical errors, omit context and often burry the only new information in the article.

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