“Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”

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One of our members emailed me asking how many people are contributors to the Data360 site.  The answer is less than six.  This member’s interest was, as he said, “understanding how diverse the information sources might be.” 

As I said in my response to him, “My view is that “veracity” in the world of data is hard to achieve communally.  Information from the source is always best.  Each degree of separation from the source means a greater likelihood of distortion, and this is true to a greater degree in the world of data than in the world of words.  We are looking for volunteers to help us keep our data current, but our screen is very tight because veracity is so important to us.”

Check out Wikipedia’s post on the famous Mark Twain quote here.

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