Correlation does not equal causation. The scientists at CERN would unequivocally agree with me on this. That's why they run so many tests and conduct so many experiments. Otherwise, everything after any first results would be a waste of time and energy.mbvinnie wrote:This is clearly not true. Statistics have validity, they do not 'mean whatever anyone wants them to mean'.
Just because they are not perfectly objective in many situations does NOT mean they can be 100% dismissed in all situations.
Statistics used in a meaningful way often lead to useful conclusions and insights. You just have to be careful how you use them.
Like the scientists at CERN with the Higgs Boson particle etc - statistical probability is very meaningful for them.
I think the statistics submitted here can be dismissed, because they are woefully inadequate for anything other than extremely broad generalizations. And that's to say nothing of the fact that the raw data from which this "analysis" is based is admittedly incomplete and subjectively collated.
The title of this thread should be "Selected Overtaking in 2012: statistics and analysis." Instead, it pisses on me and tells me it's raining.Clip the Apex wrote:The final criteria involves subjective judgements and consequently figures can never be regarded as ‘definitive’. Gaps in the available data, such as moves missed by TV cameras or obscured on lap charts by pit stops or retirements, mean that the data do not lend themselves to detailed analysis at the micro level, but are indicative of general trends.