George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

February 2015

On Useless Statistics

I run to podcasts. My favourite podcast is More or Less: Behind the Stats, by Tim Harford. It is broadcasted weekly by BBC Radio 4. Tim humorously examines mainstream statistics that come up in the news. Listeners send their questions and he tries to analyse the numbers to examine the claims that are made. For instance, in the latest show, Tim analyses two interesting statistics. The first, was that joggers who run for more than two and a half hours, for more than three times per week, are as likely to die as those who are couch potatoes, whereas those who run for up to two and half hours for less than three times a week and at a slower running pace, enjoy increased chances of survival of non-joggers and strenuous joggers alike. The conclusion reached by the statisticians who conducted...

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

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