Summary Statistics

  • Lyric © 2015-2016 Lawrence M. Lesser
    Sung to the tune of: "Home on the Range"

    Oh give me a range where the cattle all graze
    By the range of the mountains nearby.
    You may have heard other types of this word
    Like where missiles and bullets do fly:

    CHORUS: Oh, give me the range,
    Like the range of the notes of this song.
    When melody's scanned, just one octave is spanned,
    That helps us to sing along!

    Let's look at the facts -- first, label the max
    And the minimum value you see.
    Then you subtract and report back
    Their positive dif'rence to me! (Repeat Chorus)

    Oh it's the first tool we learn of in school
    To measure variation:
    Its units align with the data assigned,
    But an outlier causes inflation! (Repeat Chorus)

  • Statistics Scramble!

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  • by Jacqueline Shaffer (1980 -)

    Pesky data points that obstruct results,
    occurring far away from others,
    wishing to delete them,
    but never should,
    if correct.
    Outliers.

  • Professor: I would tell you a statistics joke, but it would just be average.

    Student: I would tell you your jokes are average, but that would just be mean.

    Jackie Miller

  • No matter how much reverence is paid to anything purporting to be "statistics," the term has no meaning unless the source, relevance, and truth are all checked.

    Tom Burnam (1913-1991)

  • Although numbers don't lie, it's rather annoying that they don't tell us everything we need to know. Maybe it's because 99% of all statistics only tell us 49% of the story.

    Ron DeLegge II (1971 -)

  • I don't like the label big data, because that suggests the key measure is how many bits you have available to use. But who cares how much data you have? With too little data, you won't be able to make any conclusions that you trust. With loads of data you will find relationships that aren't real. ... Big data isn't about bits, it's about talent.

    Douglas Merrill (1970 -)

  • Averages don't always reveal the most telling realities. You know, Shaquille O'Neal and I have an average height of 6 feet.

    Robert B. Reich (1946 - )

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