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  • They say the television camera puts 10 pounds on you. 

    But what is the strength of the evidence?  Statistics says you need a comparison group. 

    The camera adds 10 pounds, but I’m from the Midwest  - where reality puts on 50.   My friends see me on TV and say – wow looks like you lost 40 pounds!

                          Dennis Pearl

  • Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

    Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960)

  • A good analysis of poorly done studies is unlikely to yield good results.

    Olive J. Dunn (1915 – 2008)

  • Students learn better if they are engaged in, and motivated to struggle with, their own learning.

    Joan Garfield (1950 – )

  • Can Statistics Tell Us What We Do Not Want to Hear? 

    Mary W. Gray (1938 - )

  • It is now week two of my classes and we have demonstrated and discussed the different types of distributions (population, data, and sampling), the concept of margin of error, and next week, we will investigate P-values and type 1 and 2 errors. Simulation and randomization tests with case studies make all this possible.

    Christine Franklin (1956 - )

  • You need to become more aware of the statistics you encounter each day and train your mind to stop and say “wait a minute!”, sift through the information, ask questions, and raise red flags when something’s not quite right.

    Deborah J. Rumsey (1961 - )

  • Q: Why did the statistician hesitate to apply the square root transformation to the data on annual hate crimes?

    A: She didn't want bigotry to be normalized.

    Larry Lesser

  • Our ability to use data effectively to make decisions or understand the world depends on our ability to see patterns and abstract from those patterns.

    Felicia B LeClere (1958 - )

  • The key to good decision making is evaluating the available information - the data - and combining it with your own estimates of pluses and minuses.

    Emily Fair Oster (1980- )

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