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  • sandale111@bellsouth.net sandale111 Jan 29, 2013 10:58 PM Flag

    Thesaurus Failure

    "There are numerous cases of pseudoscience based on correlation: "excess" breast cancer deaths in Long Island correlated with some perceived nearness of land fills, and the phony silicone implants scare and scandal come to mind"

    Apparently his thesaurus has led him to believe that me saying that correlation *sometimes* proves causation....is equivalent to me saying that anytime anyone claims causation the claim must be true.

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    • The term "correlation" which should be stated as a correlation coefficient never implies cause and effect. Take a statistics course!

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      • sandale111@bellsouth.net sandale111 Jan 30, 2013 8:51 AM Flag

        "The term "correlation" which should be stated as a correlation coefficient never implies cause and effect. Take a statistics course!"

        After telling me that "correlation should be stated as a correlation coefficient" he tells me I should take a statistics source!!!

        Shouldn't I take a coeficient of a statistics course?

        OK, Statistics Rodent, tell me the "correlation coefficient" of these pairs of numbers (1, 6) ( 8,2) and (7, 4). Should be pretty easy if you took a statistics course.

        As for it never implying cause-and-effect, tell me how the following does not imply cause and effect. 100 people are given a pill and within an hour 98 of them cough up purple mucus and die. No one given a placebo gets ill. OK, so explain how cause and effect is not not implied. Be sure to cite the coefficient of the statistics course you took by reading blabber on the internet.

 
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