poorly informed analyst


Analysis Uncoupled From Reality(ptolemy)

a: Poorly informed analyst ~
b: the ancient astronomer Ptolemy

What: "As a professional statistician and former statistics professor, I would like to make one more point concerning Salzman's comment on data: It must be coupled with qualitative knowledge of the matter being studied. Otherwise, the analyst is like the ancient astronomer Ptolemy, constructing ever more intricate mathematical theories based on totally false premises (sun revolving around the Earth)." ...This is great comparison.

Writer: Norm Matloff
Date: Jan 26 2011 2:34 AM

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