The Bayesian Avenger - Laura C

Player: Laura C

From “They like to say that if you've done nothing wrong you've got nothing to fear. Even if you could guarantee your data was being taken and collected by an incorruptable and flawlessly competent agency, and not by a shower of bastards who think Professional Ethics is where the footballers' accountants live, and who are quite likely to run it through an entirely spurious post-hoc subgroup analysis, fudge the numbers to meet their quarterly targets, sell the juicy bits off to the highest bidder, and then leave it on the train, you are still going to have to deal with the false positives problem.”

“Oh for pity's sake! Did they sleep through their first year stats classes? Correlation is not the same as causation! If you're going to say that this data, by itself, means that the Internet makes people kinkier, then you probably also believe that having a bad liver makes you an alcoholic.”

“Now if you don't mind, the stupidity has given me a headache. I'm going to go and drink a pint of homeopathic espresso to calm myself down.”

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