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Statistical Maxims
  • Correlation is not causation (???)
  • No causation without manipulation. (Holland)
  • All models are wrong, some are useful. (Box)
  • Statistics is the science of uncertainty. (arguably Tukey)
  • Statistics is the science of learning from experience, especially experience that arrives a little bit at a time. (Efron)
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@davidmanheim davidmanheim commented Dec 1, 2015

I didn't realize I can't issue a pull request for a gist. Here's my additions; https://gist.github.com/davidmanheim/890e6bc90bc7b8d6d226

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@fpepin fpepin commented Dec 1, 2015

A nice list can be found at https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/726/famous-statistical-quotations.

I like this one: If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess. (Ronald Coase)

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@jwmerrill jwmerrill commented Dec 1, 2015

  • Probabilities do not describe reality—only our information about reality. (Jaynes)
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@ahupowerdns ahupowerdns commented Dec 1, 2015

"99% of people have more legs than average"

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