I hate statistics.

Okay, I realize they are important.  I like histograms now and then. They're also quite good for sports. And without stats, biology would be a nearly fruitless scientific field. So I can understand why stats are required.

But when it comes to politics, I hate statistics. I want to hit things when they are cited.

For example, as of right now, Yahoo, Google, MSNBC, and CNN are reporting--for one small example--that Maine has gone to Obama. Little check-marks next to them. Done deal. In the bag.

With 0% of precincts reporting.


Victor said...

When exit polls show an absolutely massive victory for one candidate or another, they only hold off on calling the state until its polls officially close. This has nothing to do with statistics.

Jeremy Rice said...

That's exactly my point.

These numbers are openly advertised as statistics, and they aren't.