More Reason to Like the WSJ Online: The Numbers Guy


I've been enjoying this series, and forgot to mention it to T&B readers.

The Numbers Guy, over at the Wall Street Journal.

Here's just a quote from the top page I think Kevin, given his recent focus on errors in data, might appreciate:

Jan. 28, 2005 Some 63,135 cellphones were abandoned in the backseats of London taxis over the last six months, according to a quirky survey that made headlines recently. The precision of that number should be your first clue something's amiss.



Strangely enough, this figure strikes me as perfectly normal.

For millenia the most popular method used to generate social data could be aptly described as "count everything you can find and add."

For you, the data collector, this method always generates remarkable "precision", but ignores what you could not find, what you counted incorrectly, what you forgot to add in, and, of course, what you stole.

That is why I always like to read anything here because I never fail to learn something in a different light. - Larry Starr Sarasota


Powered by Movable Type 5.02

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by published on January 31, 2005 4:26 PM.

Price Gouging Sans Tragedy? was the previous entry in this blog.

Last Handout to Clarksville? is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.