Why do statisticians answer silly questions that no one ever asks?
Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 30–31, February 2012
How to Cite
Briggs, M. (2012), Why do statisticians answer silly questions that no one ever asks?. Significance, 9: 30–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00542.x
- Issue online: 8 FEB 2012
- Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2012
“Other people don't understand us”, wail statisticians. But do statisticians try to understand what other people want? Statisticians answer silly questions that no one in their right minds would ever ask, says Matt Briggs. Instead they should give useful answers to the questions that people actually do ask.