Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lies, damn lies and statistics

Daily Kos has gotten himself in an odd spot of bother due to the apparent fake poll results that his pollster gave him.  One of the big problems with any data driven analytical process is the integrity of the data.  This post discusses how the pollsters were found out by an intrepid band of statisticians (you don't see intrepid and statistician in the same sentence very often do you?).  It's a cautionary tale and gives us a couple easy ways to test the authenticity of data claims.

Just in case you find yourself stuck collating data.  Out on the Openwater.

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