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May 21, 2014

Statistics and Malcolm Gladwell

Did you see the cover article in yesterday's New York Times Sunday Book Review? Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker reviewed the new book by Malcolm Gladwell, who was the keynote speaker for the Innovators' Summit in Chicago.

Pinker writes that Gladwell is "a minor genius who unwittingly demonstrates the hazards of statistical reasoning and who occasionally blunders into spectacular failures."

Also worth a read is the editors' note for the book review section, which points out that Gladwell says getting a graduate degree in statistics may be the best way to start a career in journalism now.

The editors' note also quotes Pinker as saying statistical reasoning is the most important scientific concept that non-scientists lack.

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Douglas M Okamoto (Data to Information to Knowledge) wrote:

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RichardK wrote:

and another on the whole igon thing

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Arati Bechtel wrote:

Thanks, Richard. I hadn't seen Gladwell's response.

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