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  •  Do you have any idea what the (0+ / 0-)

    mean variation is in the claims numbers over the last two years?  It would be nice to know whether this is actually a statistically significant rise, or whether it's just on the larger side of the normal variation about the mean.  

    Just looking at the graph, it looks like the latter, but it's hard to tell without more info.  You say that the increase has only been exceeded three times in the last 2 1/2 years, but given that there's been a pretty steady downward trend over that entire time, I'm not sure that alone justifies the dramatic language you're employing.  Even in the case of the Hurricane Sandy, the numbers immediately fell to a lower number than in the week prior to the Hurricane.  

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    by sneakers563 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:12:28 AM PDT

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