Tuesday, October 22, 2013

To Read: The Problem with Rankings

Ranked States - Mikey Burton

This is a quick read, but a very worthwhile reminder: Don't take state rankings at face values. As a nation now obsessed with data, it's time to talk a bit about methods. Comparing diverse populations can lead to wildly misleading results. As this short article in the Atlantic shows, there can be many behind-the-scene confounding factors that contribute to a seemingly interesting statistic.

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