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Statisticians Quotes By Spencer Antle

Good stories are not written by people who live in a city of dirty strip malls, forced to listen to the machinated opinions of lawyers, bean counters and statisticians ... Good stories strong enough to love are created by those brave enough to live. — Spencer Antle

Statisticians Quotes By Lillian Hellman

Statisticians do it with confidence, frequency and variation — Lillian Hellman

Statisticians Quotes By Friedrich Engels

I have learned more [from Balzac] than from all the professional historians, economists, and statisticians put together. — Friedrich Engels

Statisticians Quotes By Stephen Senn

The non-scientist in the street probably has a clearer notion of physics, chemistry and biology than of statistics, regarding statisticians as numerical philatelists, mere collector of numbers. — Stephen Senn

Statisticians Quotes By Muhammad Asad

Its real deity, I saw, was no longer of a spiritual kind: it was Comfort.

No doubt that there were still many individuals who felt and thought in religious terms and made the most desperate efforts to reconcile their moral beliefs with the spirit of their civilization, but they were only exceptions.

The average European - whether democrat or communist, manual worker or intellectual - seemed to know only one positive faith: the worship of material progress, the belief that there could be no other goal in life than to make that very life continually easier or, as the current expression went, 'independent of nature'.

The temples of faith were the gigantic factories, cinemas, chemical laboratories, dance halls, hydroelectric works; and its priests were the bankers, engineers, politician, film starts, statisticians, captains of industry, record airmen, and commissars. — Muhammad Asad

Statisticians Quotes By Neil Postman

Shaw once remarked that all professions are conspiracies against the laity. I would go further: in Technopoly, all experts are invested with the charisma of priestliness. Some of our priest-experts are called psychiatrists, some psychologists, some sociologists, some statisticians. The god they serve does not speak of righteousness or goodness or mercy or grace. Their god speaks of efficiency, precision, objectivity. And that is why such concepts as sin and evil disappear in Technopoly. They come from a moral universe that is irrelevant to the theology of expertise. And so the priests of Technopoly call sin "social deviance," which is a statistical concept, and they call evil "psychopathology," which is a medical concept. Sin and evil disappear because they cannot be measured and objectified, and therefore cannot be dealt with by experts. — Neil Postman

Statisticians Quotes By James Thurber

Though statisticians in our time have never kept the score, Man wants a great deal here below and Woman even more. — James Thurber

Statisticians Quotes By David Ignatius

American politics, like most things, is a story of what statisticians describe as the reversion to the mean. — David Ignatius

Statisticians Quotes By Ronald Fisher

Modern statisticians are familiar with the notion that any finite body of data contains only a limited amount of information on any point under examination; that this limit is set by the nature of the data themselves, and cannot be increased by any amount of ingenuity expended in their statistical examination: that the statistician's task, in fact, is limited to the extraction of the whole of the available information on any particular issue. — Ronald Fisher

Statisticians Quotes By Ron Paul

And the irony is that the war purchases are recorded as a positive for economic growth and the GDP. Though the war spending is an economic negative and provides no improvement in the people's standard of living, the government statisticians brag about an upward blip in the GDP. Besides, these bills are paid for by borrowing and printing money, thus increasing future debt obligations and causing higher prices for the next generation. — Ron Paul

Statisticians Quotes By W. H. Auden

Thou shalt not answer questionnaires Or quizzes upon world affairs, Nor with compliance Take any test. Thou shalt not sit with statisticians nor commit A social science. — W. H. Auden

Statisticians Quotes By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I am most often irritated by those who attack the bishop but somehow fall for the securities analyst
those who exercise their skepticism against religion but not against economists, social scientists, and phony statisticians. Using the confirmation bias, these people will tell you that religion was horrible for mankind by counting deaths from the Inquisition and various religious wars. But they will not show you how many people were killed by nationalism, social science, and political theory under Stalin or during the Vietnam War. Even priests don't go to bishops when they feel ill: their first stop is the doctor's. But we stop by the offices of many pseudoscientists and "experts" without alternative. We no longer believe in papal infallibility; we seem to believe in the infallibility of the Nobel, though ... — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Statisticians Quotes By Emily St. John Mandel

then came a virus like an avenging angel, unsurvivable, a microbe that reduced the population of the fallen world by, what? There were no more statisticians by then, my angels, but shall we say ninety-nine point ninety-nine percent? — Emily St. John Mandel

Statisticians Quotes By Thomas Sowell

All too often when liberals cite statistics, they forget the statisticians' warning that correlation is not causation. — Thomas Sowell

Statisticians Quotes By David Foster Wallace

Statisticians report that television is watched over six hours a day in the average American household. I don't know any fiction writers who live in average American households. I suspect Louise Erdrich might. Actually I have never seen an average American household. Except on TV. — David Foster Wallace

Statisticians Quotes By Hal Varian

I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers would've been the sexy job of the 1990s? — Hal Varian

Statisticians Quotes By Anna Quindlen

If I get the forty additional years statisticians say are likely coming to me, I could fit in at least one, maybe two new lifetimes. Sad that only one of those lifetimes can include being the mother of young children. — Anna Quindlen

Statisticians Quotes By Steven Pinker

Statisticians tell us that people underestimate the sheer number of coincidences that are bound to happen in a world governed by chance. — Steven Pinker

Statisticians Quotes By P.G. Wodehouse

Statisticians estimate that crime among good golfers is lower than in any class of the community except possibly bishops. — P.G. Wodehouse

Statisticians Quotes By Wayne Swan

It's often the case that great artists - people like Bruce Springsteen - tend to pick up the subterranean rumblings of profound social change long before the economic statisticians notice them. Changes start long before they become statistics. — Wayne Swan

Statisticians Quotes By Austin Grossman

A generation of lawyers and statisticians cut their teeth on the to-hit and damage tables of medieval fantasy. File it under yet another ridiculous thing that probably saved somebody's life. — Austin Grossman

Statisticians Quotes By Douglas Rushkoff

Fantasy sports went a long way toward developing the sabermetrics formulas used not only by oddsmakers but general managers in hiring players. So the amateur fantasists ended up creating some of the algorithms that Oakland GM Billy Bean's statisticians used to win games with less salary money available for star players. — Douglas Rushkoff

Statisticians Quotes By Kelly Ayotte

Recommendation 7: Build human capital in government. While Moneyball uses big data and advanced statistics, the endeavor ultimately depends on people. To take one example: rapid-cycle evaluation at a service-delivery agency requires policy experts to identify plausible new approaches; program managers to implement them; technologists to create or modernize data systems to capture effects; social scientists or statisticians to analyze the data on effects; and crosscutting leaders who know how to bring these pieces together with inspiration and precision. — Kelly Ayotte

Statisticians Quotes By Jon Stewart

61% of graduating teens have had sex, 37% will eventually have sex, and 2% become statisticians. — Jon Stewart

Statisticians Quotes By Sylvia Porter

The average family exists only on paper and its average budget is a fiction, invented by statisticians for the convenience of statisticians. — Sylvia Porter

Statisticians Quotes By Rob Lowe

Sampling, statisticians have told us, is a much more effective way of getting a good census. — Rob Lowe

Statisticians Quotes By Tim Kurkjian

To not look at the data is foolish, but to look at the data as having all the answers is even more foolish. It is a collision of new-school statistics and statisticians against old-school managers, coaches, and instructors. Neither side is right, neither is wrong; there is so much to be gained from listening to both sides. — Tim Kurkjian

Statisticians Quotes By David M. Raup

The once rather old-fashioned science of paleontology finds itself in a maelstrom of excitement and controversy. Astrophysicists, atmospheric scientists, geochemists, geophysicists, and statisticians are all contributing to the extinction problem. And the general public is taking part through television talk shows, magazine cover stories, newspaper editorials, and even the occasional mention in gossip columns. — David M. Raup

Statisticians Quotes By Nicolas Sarkozy

Nothing is more destructive than the gap between people's perceptions of their own day-to-day economic well-being and what politicians and statisticians are telling them about the economy — Nicolas Sarkozy

Statisticians Quotes By Mark Twain

There are three kinds of liars: liars, damned liars, and statisticiansMark Twain

Statisticians Quotes By John T. Flynn

The Communists were interested in getting into key positions as union officers, statisticians, economists, etc., in order to utilize the apparatus of the unions to promote the cause of revolution. — John T. Flynn

Statisticians Quotes By Francis Galton

It is difficult to understand why statisticians commonly limit their inquiries to Averages, and do not revel in more comprehensive views. Their souls seem as dull to the charm of variety as that of the native of one of our flat English counties, whose retrospect of Switzerland was that, if its mountains could be thrown into its lakes, two nuisances would be got rid of at once. — Francis Galton

Statisticians Quotes By George Bernard Shaw

If all the statisticians in the world were laid head to toe, they wouldn't be able to reach a conclusion — George Bernard Shaw

Statisticians Quotes By Carolyn Parkhurst

There's a startling fact that you read somewhere: after airbags became standard in cars, statisticians noticed that the incidence of severe leg injuries increased dramatically. Think about it for a minute: Why should that be? Is there something about the way airbags inflate during collision that targets the passengers' legs, makes them more vulnerable? No. It's a matter of checks and balances. Before airbags, there were certain accidents that would have killed you; you'd be a corpse in the morgue, and no one would be paying any attention to your legs. When we change the way we do things - the way we shop for groceries or take care of our children or protect ourselves from harm - we set other changes in motion, for good or for ill. And it may be years before we figure out what we've done. — Carolyn Parkhurst

Statisticians Quotes By Ambrose Bierce

According to the most trustworthy statistics the number of adult Dullards in the United States is but little short of thirty millions, including the statisticians. — Ambrose Bierce

Statisticians Quotes By George E.P. Box

Statisticians, like artists, have the bad habit of falling in love with their models. — George E.P. Box

Statisticians Quotes By Edward Abbey

Whatever the cost, however financed, the benefits for park visitors in health and happiness
virtues unknown to statisticians
would be immeasurable. — Edward Abbey

Statisticians Quotes By Eike Batista

Finding oil is a multidisciplinary science. You need a lot of people - statisticians, engineers, and geologists, of course. And what I have learned in the past 30 years is that I read people better than I read books. — Eike Batista

Statisticians Quotes By Hal Varian

I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I'm not kidding. — Hal Varian

Statisticians Quotes By George R. Price

Believers in psychic phenomena ... appear to have won a decisive victory and virtually silenced opposition ... This victory is the result of careful experimentation and intelligent argumentation. Dozens of experimenters have obtained positive results in ESP experiments, and the mathematical procedures have been approved by leading statisticians ... Against all this evidence, almost the only defense remaining to the skeptical scientist is ignorance. — George R. Price

Statisticians Quotes By Robert Anton Wilson

The most thoroughly and relentlessly damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignored, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all 'Damned Things' is the individual human being. The social engineers, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this 'Damned Thing' into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the 'Damned Thing' will not fit into the slot assigned it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. The psychologist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the 'Damned Thing' will not fit into their slots. — Robert Anton Wilson

Statisticians Quotes By Anthony Goldbloom

Our view is that the very best data miners or statisticians can earn as much as the very best golfers or tennis players. — Anthony Goldbloom

Statisticians Quotes By George E.P. Box

Statistics is, or should be, about scientific investigation and how to do it better, but many statisticians believe it is a branch of mathematics. Now I agree that the physicist, the chemist, the engineer, and the statistician can never know too much mathematics, but their objectives should be better physics, better chemistry, better engineering, and in the case of statistics, better scientific investigation. Whether in any given study this implies more or less mathematics is incidental. — George E.P. Box