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    plf515 confusing regression with cause and effect!

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

    by mathGuyNTulsa on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 06:39:37 AM PST

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      the phrawe

      relation does not imply causation

      should be constantly kept in mind.

      Two examples:

      There is a strong positiv correlation between the number of firemen at a fire and the amount of damage (more firemen, more damage).

      Among young children there is a correlation between birth month and IQ.  This relationship fades with age, and disappears before adulthood.

      What are you reading? on Friday mornings

      by plf515 on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 02:52:44 AM PST

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