Statistics

I think not
#1
I've often wondered the effect statistics have on peoples perceptions. When one looks at statistics, do they get an accurate pciture? Should they not make an effort to obatin information on the methodology used. And why don't some countries even bother with in depth statistics? In countries that do offer more information whether it be a national stat or international, they get scrutinized or even hailed more (depending on the stat results) than others. What's your take on statistics, do they serve a purpose?

An example, Religious Breakdown Affiliation in the US

With just one quick look, I would say east and west get some benefit from the oceans breeze :P
 
jimmoyer
#2
We know all the catchy aphorisms describing statistics, but suffice it to say that any statistic should be looked at as a starting point to discussion rather than a concluding ending point inviting no further analysis.
 

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