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Summary Statistics

  • 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 - )

  • Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.

    Homer Simpson (1987 - )

  • Normal is the average of deviance.

    Rita Mae Brown (1944 - )

  • In earlier times they had no statistics and so they had to fall back on lies.

    Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944)

  • That was why statistics had to be invented - because people were so unstable and irrational, taken one at a time.

    Raymond F. Jones (1915 - 1994)

  • I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.

    Louis D. Brandeis (1856 - 1951)

  • Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.

    Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919)