Friday, December 15, 2006

Thank YOU! New York Times

In an otherwise interesting article on Census data showing new trends, the New York Times informs us that the government has not done all of our thinking for us:
"Most of the statistical tables, which come from a variety of government and other sources, are presented raw, without caveats; and because the abstract is so concrete, the statistics can suggest false precision. The table of consumer products involved in injuries does not explain, for example, that one reason nearly as many injuries involve beds as bicycles is that more people use beds."