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Date:         Wed, 2 Jul 2008 21:17:45 +0530
Reply-To:     ajay ohri <ohri2007@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         ajay ohri <ohri2007@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Making you think (was Re: A powerpoint slide show comparing R
              with SAS and SPSS_
Comments: To: Peter Flom <>
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1) people 's thinking /confidence levels in statistics may be distributed on a normal distribution curve

2) a little knowledge is a dangerous thing ........................unless confronted with zero knowledge /marketing people. then it becomes a profitable thing.

3) most people are forced to do their own statistics when their boss tells them they cant upgrade to the latest software version yet or hire an external stats consultant

4) there are lies ,there are true lies and there are statistics (borrowed)

5) statistics is like a bikini - what they reveal is not as important as what they conceal (borrowed)

6) three statisticians went hunting. they saw a deer. one shot an arrow 3 ft to the left, one shot an arrow 3 ft to the right.

the third statistician jumped and said " we got him, we got him ".


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 9:05 PM, Peter Flom <> wrote:

> Jack Hamilton <jfh@STANFORDALUMNI.ORG> wrote > >I'm not sure that "Forces you to *think* about your analysis" is > >actually an advantage for most people. > > > > heheh > > The main problem with R is not that it forces you to think, but that it > doesn't always inform you when your thinking is totally off. > > This is also the case with SAS and SPSS, however. > > Why is it that people simultaneously think that a) statistics is hard and > b) think anyone can do it? > > It's weird. I mean, if I had one or two courses in anatomy, I wouldn't > think myself qualified to be a surgeon. > Yet, people who have had one or two courses in statistics often think they > can do their own statistics. > > Peter > > > > Peter L. Flom, PhD > Statistical Consultant > www DOT peterflom DOT com >

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