Quotes in statistics

The researcher hoping to break new ground in the theory of experimental design should involve himself in the design of actual experiments. The investigator who hopes to revolutionize decision theory should observe and take part in the making of important decisions.

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For the theory-practice iteration to work, the scientist must be, as it were, mentally ambidextrous; fascinated equally on the one hand by possible meanings, theories, and tentative models to be induced from data and the practical reality of the real world, and on the other with the factual implications deducible from tentative theories, models and hypotheses.

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A man in daily muddy contact with field experiments could not be expected to have much faith in any direct assumption of independently distributed normal errors.

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An operational definition is a procedure agreed upon for translation of a concept into measurement of some kind.


The thing I have noticed is when the anecdotes and the data disagree, the anecdotes are usually right. There's something wrong with the way you are measuring it.

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The most important figures that one needs for management are unknown or unknowable.

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


USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.


Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

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Most people use statistics the way a drunkard uses a lamp post, more for support than illumination.

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