Tuesday, 13 July 2004

Correlation, causation, and other fun stuff

Eugene Volokh finds a shocking relationship between ice cream consumption and sex crimes. Fun with stats ensues.

(This item is blogged so I remember to shamelessly rip it off when I teach methods in the fall.)

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Another interesting misuse of statistics is that the correlation between birth rates in New York and the migration patterns of storks is highly correlated and positive. I first saw this in New Ideas From Dead Economists.

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