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Monday, May 13, 2013

Chinatown Buses - Statistics were wrongly calculated?

This quote from Mark Twain comes to mind:

  "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."

Government Assault on the Chinatown Bus Industry Fueled By Bogus Federal Study - Reason Magazine
An influential report by the National Transportation Safety Board used the wrong data and committed "statistical malpractice."


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3 Comments:

Blogger Nelson Chen said...

I haven't seen either report yet, but when we bear in mind that Reason is a magazine committed to hard-core Libertarian ideology, its conclusions ought to be carefully scrutinized. After all, such Libertarians fundamentally do not believe in government regulation of anything at all.

May 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Ray Ritchey said...

I agree, you need to look at the source data and with statistics, it's so easy to cherry pick the data.

On scrutinizing, unless I have seen the original data, I go by the ideal of trust, but verify.

May 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Ray Ritchey said...

Chinatown Bus Sweep Said Based on Faulty Study Defended by NTSB -
Bloomberg News

May 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM  

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