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    statistics and surveys

    Statistics and surveys, while they're good tools they certainly aren't immune to abuse. I remember once hearing that " statistics are like loose women, you can make them do anything you want," So knowing that statistics, like anything else, aren't immune to tampering to what extent do you take statistics with a grain of salt?
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    I took a sampling survey and 10 out of 10 posters agreed.

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    73% of all statistics are made up on the spot anyways........................................

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    This morning on the news (MSNBC) the talking heads were discussing a set of statistics that broke down age groups, gender, race and agenda. All of this information was derived from a sampling of 1,208 people. This is why I dislike reports based on statistics. If I had not noticed the size of the poll, the discussion would have led me to believe that some credibility existed. Interview one nutsack like Hi-There or Charley Manson etc., and the statistics are completely useless. (when derived from such a small sample)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom.f
    This morning on the news (MSNBC) the talking heads were discussing a set of statistics that broke down age groups, gender, race and agenda. All of this information was derived from a sampling of 1,208 people. This is why I dislike reports based on statistics. If I had not noticed the size of the poll, the discussion would have led me to believe that some credibility existed. Interview one nutsack like Hi-There or Charley Manson etc., and the statistics are completely useless. (when derived from such a small sample)
    that's usually a pretty sufficient sample size lol.

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    Another one which bothers me is not knowing how the survey was done in a lot of cases. I'd personally like to know if all the sample size was taken via telemarketing calls or if it was done outside a supermarket. I can think of a bunch of ways to abuse surveys and i'm a terrible statistician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danniboi07
    73% of all statistics are made up on the spot anyways........................................
    Its 88%, actually. I confirmed this through a survey of 10 people.
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    Good statistics should use things like correlation coefficients and confidence intervals to validate results.

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