Sunday, January 25, 2015

Listen Up People...

...warmanistas. Here a little lesson in correlation versus cause and effect:

Spurious Correlations

"US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with
suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation"

"People who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat correlates with marriage rate in Kentucky"

"Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool correlates with Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in"

"Divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine (US)"

"Honey producing bee colonies (US) inversely correlates with
Juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana (US)"

"Age of Miss America correlates with Murders by steam, hot vapours and hot objects"

"Total revenue generated by arcades (US) correlates with Computer science doctorates awarded (US)"

"Worldwide non-commercial space launches correlates with Sociology doctorates awarded (US)"

"Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
correlates with Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)"

"Per capita consumption of chicken (US) correlates with Total US crude oil imports"

"US crude oil imports from Norway correlates with Drivers killed in collision with railway train"

"Per capita consumption of sour cream (US) correlates with motorcycle riders killed in noncollision transport accident"

"Divorce rate in Mississippi correlates with murders by bodily force"

"Total number of Political Action Committees (US) correlates with
people who died by falling out of their wheelchair"

"Number people who drowned while in a swimming-pool correlates with
power generated by nuclear power plants (US)"

"Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines correlates with marriage rate in Alabama"

Autism and organic food sales

Circumcision and autism

Got it now? Correlation does not prove cause and effect and correlation is all you've got.

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Blogger Canuck Guy said...

What a lot of crap regarding circumcision. I was circumcised and many of my acquaintances were, nothing went wrong. Our brains are fine. Point taken.

January 26, 2015 3:09 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

My son, too. And on all IQ tests he's ever taken, he's near genius. (Takes after his mother. /sarc)

January 26, 2015 3:24 pm  
Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

A good one, Louise. As for the circumcision - one never knows. With fiddle it is more certain: 20 years of playing a fiddle makes one Jewish...

January 28, 2015 5:58 am  

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