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To: Free ThinkerNY
The iron law of statics: If you cross correlate enough variables you're certain to find some “significant” correlations.

The number of people diagnosed as mental defectives in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century correlates strongly with the number of letters in the last name of the Vice-President of the United States. Coincidence?

8 posted on 10/03/2009 3:14:36 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Don't tell 0bama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

And the first thing you learn in either Psychology or Statistics is that Correlational Studies CANNOT be used to establish cause-effect relationships.


48 posted on 10/03/2009 5:07:55 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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