Stats Songs, from Duncan Coker

January 6, 2014 |

 This may be already be obvious, but there is an amazing similarity between statistical analysis and writing country music songs. In song writing, you have two or three verses and a chorus to try to convey one idea and maybe a supporting storyline. The chorus has to be convincing, and if you accompany this with a nice melody the song will have an emotional impact on the audience.

The same is true in statistics. The best graphs, tables and charts are the simple ones that can easily convey one big idea. Statistics when presented well have an emotional impact, just like a song, that wow affect. True it is hard to hum confidence intervals or t-scores, but otherwise they are not to far removed.


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