22 July 2013

A graph to share with math-challenged friends

From Chris Blattman, via Within the Crainium.


  1. When I was in school you would get an instant F on a paper/test etc. if you didn't clearly mark that the Y axis doesn't scale linearly starting from 0 on a graph such as this. I suppose this would be a double failure.

    1. Probably a triple failure if you also describe a sequence of integers as a "rate."

  2. In before, Correlation doesn't imply causation.
    Also I'm confident, that a murder every 36 minutes constitutes a rate. Even more unsettling is the fact that it's only two months ago that I learned the math instructions on how to correctly make histograms (something about adding half an interval in front), yet I already forgot almost all of it.

  3. This graph just goes to prove that, once again, Microsoft IS the beginning and continuation of evil!

  4. Long ago in the army, my buddies and I suggested the following correlation:

    95% of the people who commit murders in the USA had eaten potatoes in some form in the previous 48 hours, so it is obvious that potatoes cause murderers to kill.


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