« Challenges with sports analytics | Main | I don't like 401(k) either »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


I do love your posts, not least for the potential for unintended humour.

While there are some studies (most of it of excretable quality

Did you mean execrable?
I agree that many of the fluff science pieces fail to understand that correlation ≠ causation and are therefore only fit to be excreted ☺


"This means none of those items are proven. They are just theories."

No. This means those are hypothesis, not theories.


DrBazUK: Corrected; I suppose maybe I should use both :)

Jens: I'm using "theory" in the vernacular, definition 5 as opposed to 2 on Wiktionary. But I get your point.


Rule number 1 in statistics should be "The further away from being able to show effective randomisation the murkier the results." I should ask for a research grant that involves either giving people a dog and dog food or equivalent money for a few years and we could prove this nicely. I wonder if I could then get a dog on my medical insurance if that was shown to make me healthier.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)


Link to Principal Analytics Prep

See our curriculum, instructors. Apply.
Business analytics and data visualization expert. Author and Speaker. Founder of Principal Analytics Prep, MS Applied Analytics at Columbia. See my full bio.

Next Events

May: 2 New York Marketing Association Big Data Workshop, NYC

May: 5 NYPL Analytics Careers Talk, NYC

May: 8 Data Visualization Seminar, Denver, CO

May: 15 Data Visualization Seminar, Cambridge, MA

May: 17 Data Visualization Seminar, Philadelphia, PA

May: 22 Data Visualization Seminar, San Ramon, CA

Past Events

See here

Future Courses (New York)

Summer: Statistical Reasoning & Numbersense, Principal Analytics Prep (4 weeks)

Summer: Applied Analytics Frameworks & Methods, Columbia (6 weeks)

Junk Charts Blog

Link to junkcharts

Graphics design by Amanda Lee


  • only in Big Data