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  •  Your objections are specious (0+ / 0-)

    You objected to my use of a correlation, but correlation such as the one I have done are used by scientists everyday around the world.

    You objected to the fact that no covariates were investigated, where there was no data of covariates to investigate.

    You complain that the dataset was too small, when I used the best and largest dataset available.

    Now you are complaining that the correlation I used is too sensitive to single point perturbations, when, as I have already said, I used the same correlation used by scientists everyday, AND you have not identified any single point perturbation in the data (which you have access to).

    Your criticisms of the research are specious.  The research stands as it is.

    If you can do a better study, I look forward to seeing it.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 03:17:32 PM PDT

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    •  I did not object to your use of a correlation. (4+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, oldpunk, PavePusher, Robobagpiper

      That is precisely the tool you would use.  I objected to the quality of your sample and the conclusion you drew from the resulting correlation.

      I don't blame you for the paucity of data, but I do expect you to be judicious in making extraordinary claims in the absence of evidence.

      A single point perturbation is easy.  Your dataset consisted of nine points in each vector.  Perturb one.

      The research does not stand.  The only thing you've shown is that two variables track with one another over a range of nine points.  You would have found a more impressive correlation (R = 0.909, p = 0.00065) between real median household income for the lowest income bracket.

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