statistics

The Providence Plan — “We Democratize Data”

The numbers from the 2010 U. S. Census have been crunched and Rhode Island is just barely hanging in there population-wise. Muchas gracias to the burgeoning Hispanic population for keeping those numbers up — it looks like Rhode Island came damn close to losing a House seat. The Providence Journal did a comprehensive job of […]

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Lies, Damne Lies, And Ye Magickal Conjurings Call’d Statistics

Whensoever has a magickal system been so widely practiced by the masses yet so poorly understood by them as this magick of Statistics. From just the simplest datum does a common plowman conjure that magnificent edifice knowne as Conclusion and then propound that Conclusion to all the world which, in equal ignorance, accepts it as

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They Tried To Make Us Go To Rehab (We Said No, No, No)

The New York Times reports today that people in Rhode Island like their illegal substances.  A lot. According to a study released in May by the Department of Health and Human Services, we have the second-highest cocaine usage in the country (after DC), the nation’s highest rate of alcohol consumption, and we apparently smoke more

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