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Chris P

Heard it live from Mountain Standard Time. I recall you mentioned the book twice--maybe once would have been fine for a shared segment like that.

One thought I have had about journalists is that they seem to use a single anecdote woven into a story as evidence for something. Whereas a statistician should be able to take a statistic and the framework in which it sits and make that tell a much more compelling story.


Chris: thanks for the feedback. I wanted to respond to James' point about the use of anecdotes but at that point, I had 20 seconds before they'd cut me off.
My post about dentists deals with the anecdote menace, among other things. An extreme sample of one is so not convincing to a statistician but has been used very effectively by politicians and interest groups.

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