Aggregating Skeptical Thought

The single variant analysis and averaging dilemma

I know it’s an awesomely geeky title and makes me look far smarter than I really am 😉 Especially when you see that I stole it from someone far smarter than me.

There’s a really cool “guest blog” post over at Freakonomics about the dangers of

…what appears to be an increase in decisions based on single variant analysis and averaging, often ignoring consequences of those decisions and/or the context of the analysis

He cites the recent decision by the U.S. Postal Service to remove mailboxes, closing of underperforming schools and the it’s-only-one-degree-warmer-that’s-not-global-warming crowd.


Filed under: Economics, Environment, Science

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