Thursday, July 30, 2009

Math Issues

I was reading some news stories this evening, and found these remarkable poll results. The study is still in progress, so I have no idea how much sillier they'll get.

I think spending money on math lessons sounds a bit smarter at this point.

7 comments:

lizziestudors said...

Bill O'Reilly set that up, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

margin for error = 0.71%

Rx Intern said...

Obviously the people who answered no include the likes of Big Foot, the Yeti, Nessie, the Chupacabra, and that character from the O'Reilly factor.

Chrysalis Angel said...

They say 5 out of 4 people have trouble with statistics. ;)

Anonymous said...

Haha, maybe they used the golf scoring system in the poll, and everyone got to vote multiple times.

Anonymous said...

This is a typical "off by one" error. 141/140 = 1.0071...

So, it looks like the idiot who wrote the software for this poll didn't screw up the math, they screwed up counting!

Anonymous said...

They probably displayed the results at the same time a new vote was added, so the yes response was included, but the divisor (total number of responses) had not updated.

 
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