Friday, November 30, 2007

Nitpicking numbers

Republican Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has been using statistics incorrectly. To quote the New York Times, certain of his statements are "incomplete, exaggerated or just plain wrong."

Giuliani says this is nitpicking.

Politicians don't have a lock on misusing numbers. Consider Musician Kate Bush. When singing Pi on her album Aerial, she got the 54th digit wrong.

So what's worse: misquoting Pi or underestimating the U.K.'s prostate cancer survival rate by over 30 percentage points?

Numbers: love 'em or leave 'em. Or, as Guiliani would say, nitpick 'em.

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