Why is there error in statistics?

By Auriel M.V. Fournier and Andrew MacDonald Math and Statistics Editors A common misconception is that statistics can make precise predictions about future events. But most of the time there is error associated with a prediction; that is, the prediction falls within a range of values. For instance a meteorologist might predict that Quebec City […]

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“Lies, damn lies, and statistics” (and math)

by Robert Aboukhalil Math & Statistics subject editor Statistics haven’t had it easy ever since Mark Twain’s famous “lies, damned lies and statistics.” But as mathematician Frederick Mosteller would have replied, “while it is easy to lie with statistics, it is even easier to lie without them.” On that note, enjoy my three picks for […]

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