Wednesday, May 29, 2013


My wife and I have three vehicles: two are red, two have manual transmissions, and two are diesels.  What is statistically significant about this?

Stumped? OK, more data: none of the vehicles has all three of the characteristics listed above.

Now it is obvious, isn’t it?  That’s right, the statistical significance of this is ABSOLUTELY FRIGGEN NOTHING.  Just because you can measure something doesn’t mean you should- and even if measurement makes sense, just piling numbers up doesn’t make the resultant mess informative or useful. 

Please, think before you math.

(Why yes, I have been reading so-called InfoSec “reports” and “studies” again, why do you ask?)