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Summary Statistics

  • 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)

  • Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.

    William W. Watt (1912 - 1996)

  • The errors which arise from the absence of facts are far more numerous and more durable than those which result from unsound reasoning respecting true data.

    Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871)

  • Who says a statistics teacher can't play a mean guitar ... with X-barre chords?

    Larry Lesser (1964 - )

  • Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.

    George Vincent Higgins (1939 - 1999)

  • ...the goal is to transform data into information, and information into insight.

    Carly Fiorina (1954 - )

  • Descriptive Statistics are like Real Estate plus. They are all about location, location, location ... plus spread, spread, spread.

    Dennis Pearl (1951 - )