It is commonly believed that anyone who tabulates numbers is a statistician. This is like believing that anyone who owns a scalpel is a surgeon.— Robert Hooke
Whopping Statist quotations
My basic idea is that programming is the most powerful medium of developing the sophisticated and rigorous thinking needed for mathematics, for grammar, for physics, for statistics, for all the "hard" subjects.... In short, I believe more than ever that programming should be a key part of the intellectual development of people growing up.
The Bureau of Justice reports that one in three black male babies born this century will go to jail or prison - that is an absolutely astonishing statistic. And it ought to be terrorizing to not just to people of color, but to all of us.
The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone's backyard.
Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
I do not think that the radio waves I have discovered will have any practical application.
I would say that today, dishonesty is the rule, and honesty the exception.
It could be, statistically, that more people are honest than dishonest, but the few that really control things are not honest, and that tips the balance.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
If I fail, the film industry writes me off as another statistic.
If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.
For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation.
Without analysis, no synthesis.
They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up in Houston or Montreal and just sit there.
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.
While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.
The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.
All models are wrong, but some are useful.
I like to do projects in which you can see statistical results.
I am very happy for all these small children, who have been the biggest group of victims of iodine deficiency.
Statistics is the grammar of science.
There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.
The shortest path between two truths in the real domain passes through the complex domain.
The desire to maximize the number of winning trades (or minimize the number of losing trades) works against the trader. The success rate of trades is the least important performance statistic and may even be inversely related to performance.
If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.
Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to support or undercut almost any argument.
Inability is often the mother of restriction, and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance.
To control the future requires the control of education and of the child.
Hence, for Christians to tolerate statist education, or to allow their children to be trained thereby, means to renounce power in society, to renounce their children, and to deny Christ's Lordship over all of life.
A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence.
Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.
You know what I hate, man? Guys that you know haven't seen the film: they just quote a bunch of statistical bullshit.
According to the statistics, a man eats a prune every twenty seconds.
I don't know who this fellow is, but I know where to find him.
If you are doing things the same way as two years ago, you are almost certainly doing them wrong.
How many murders are committed in Gauteng, or in the Western Cape, in a month? A week? A day? An hour? But of course we are not allowed to know for sure. In close and direct imitation of his apartheid models, Selebi ensures that no statistics about crime may be published regularly in the press.
Statistics may be defined as "a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty.