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Old 10-17-2018, 04:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Damuri Ajashi View Post
Pro publica seems to have gone through the numbers and said, "hey, lets see if there is some sliver of the data set where we see really big disparities and call that a statistic and rile up the rubes into thinking that the number is indicative of something" They found 37 deaths out of thousands over three years and call it an epidemic of some sort. Its statistical noise.
This isn't how statistics work. Like it or not, there's a lot of science to statistics, and things like risk ratio and confidence level are based in good science. That's how we can extrapolate from polling and margins of error to the feelings of the whole country. It's no more "statistical noise" than a poll of ~800 people is. It's by no means a perfect and conclusive measure, but it's a piece of data that provides useful information.

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Like I said, based on pro-publica's methodology, cops kill asian teenagers at 3 times the rate they kill white kids.
Maybe this is true. I'd certainly be interested in looking further into it.