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Markxxx
08-28-1999, 05:48 PM
When reading articles I often see statistics like 8 out of 10 people use this product. Or 4 of every 6 people are this way.

Why don't they reduce the fractions to their lowest form? Isn't it the same?

Gilligan
08-28-1999, 06:04 PM
I don't see much "4 out of 6" but I suppose with "8 out of 10" it is easier to relate this to 80% than it would be for "4 out of 5". Same would be true with "85 out of 100" - easier than "17 out of 20".

Babar714
08-28-1999, 06:09 PM
Always reduce. Always, always reduce.

Being a recent high school graduate, I know this. The most important thing I learned in HS, is "Always reduce". Must have heard it 6 out of 10 days. Alwaysreducealwaysreducealwaysreduce!

mr john
08-28-1999, 06:13 PM
just makes it sound more impressive. and also makes it sound like they asked more people. "they asked at least 10 people", you think. "instead of just asking 5 if they had asked 6 maybe the 6th would have been a 'no' so and it would have been 4 out of 6 instead of 4 out of 5." Contrarily what sounds more impressive? " half of all people surveyed" or "one out of two?" ah well, it's 6 dozen of one and half of another.

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NanoByte
08-28-1999, 06:14 PM
99 out of 100 people are never bothered by this state of affairs. . .and then comes this handle with all the 'x's in it. Must be a Marxian plot.

Ray

NanoByte
08-28-1999, 06:19 PM
BTW, 4 out of 5 doctors say 90% of people admire doctors, but I'm not 1. . .but rather at least 10%.

Ray

Nickrz
08-28-1999, 09:48 PM
Eight out of ten people think the other two are nuts.

08-28-1999, 11:03 PM
And of course 88% of all statistics are made up by the writer.

C K Dexter Haven
08-29-1999, 08:43 AM
Nuts. From the title of this thread, I thought it was about dates, and whether 8/10 meant August 10 or October 8.

Keeves
08-30-1999, 09:09 AM
I think "8 out of 10" is more accurate. It means somewhere between 76% and 84%. "4 out of 5" could be anything between 71% and 89%.

AWB
08-31-1999, 12:09 AM
Robin (Anne Heche) to Quinn (Harrison Ford)
"I've flown with you twice and you've crashed half the time." - Robin (Anne Heche) to Quinn (Harrison Ford) in Six Days Seven Nights (http://us.imdb.com/Title?six+days+seven+nights)