Why Statistics Have Failed Us

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Why Statistics Have Failed Us

Post by Riddick » 01-22-2017 02:44 AM

William Davies in the Guardian gives an explanation for the loss of trust in experts and the rise of populism and post-truth politics: Statistical categories and methods didn’t evolve to keep pace with rapid changes in society and the economy. As a result, their generalizations became increasingly divorced from individual experience and they—and people who relied on them—lost credibility.

Even as the ability of statistics to accurately represent the world declines, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril. A post-statistical society is a potentially frightening proposition - not because it would lack any forms of truth or expertise altogether, but because it would drastically privatize them.

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Re: Why Statistics Have Failed Us

Post by kbot » 01-22-2017 04:52 AM

Riddick wrote:William Davies in the Guardian gives an explanation for the loss of trust in experts and the rise of populism and post-truth politics: Statistical categories and methods didn’t evolve to keep pace with rapid changes in society and the economy. As a result, their generalizations became increasingly divorced from individual experience and they—and people who relied on them—lost credibility. FULL STORY
Translation: If you keep asking the cast of Entertainment Tonight and The View who will win the election, you'll keep getting the wrong answer........
What the hell are we fighting for? Ah, just surrender and it won't hurt at all. You just got time to say your prayers. Yeah, while you're waiting for the hammer to fall. (Brian May of Queen)

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