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  •  The point I believe wasn't statistical. (1+ / 0-)
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    The suicides were intentional communications -- not abnormalities to be statistically analyzed, but one off shots with intentionality.

    It's a mistake to analyze communications with those kinds of statistics; you have to analyze their informational contents, which involves analyzing how expected they are in context, not merely how likely they are in a semi-Newtonian way.

    If I shoot myself in my boss's office, you can't look at the overall suicide rate, but the rate of suicides in my boss's office.

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