I love this kind of stuff
Hardened scientists should stop reading immediately.
The rest of you might enjoy a new book from Perigee, simply titled Correlated, in which author Shaun Gallagher promises to reveal “surprising connections between seemingly unrelated things.” For example, he reports:
- People who have been on blind dates are more likely to have business cards.
- People who have smoked marijuana are more likely to have flown first class.
- And people who think bills should be split on dates are less likely to be married.
The data used to draw these conclusions comes from more than 1 million responses of 36,305 people who answered questions on Gallagher’s website, Correlated.org. But he admits to flouting statistical rules like having a random sample (the people who answered his questions were self-selected) or addressing confounding variables (maybe pot-smokers fly first class because they’re rich and have extra money to spend on both those things). In…
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