Sunday, February 20, 2011

All in a day's work #2

Our office admin sent out an email:


I've had an enquiry from the News of the World, who are looking for some statistical help with data for a ...campaign they are running. They have conducted a survey of ...... but they need some help with the statistical side of this. If you're interested in helping out then please let me know and I'll pass on the details.

Best regards,

To this one of the most esteemed faculty replied:

Dear J,

A quotation that N of W should ponder.
From memory it goes like this

'To call the statistician in after the experiment is over may be to do no more than to ask him to perform a post mortem. He may be able to say what the experiment died of'. RA Fisher



Chandrika Shubham said...

Interesting! :)

Roshmi Sinha said...

Haha! Bang on!

As they say: there are 3 kinds of lies in this world: lies, damn lies and statistics :)