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Jul 9, 2018

[fun post] Bizarre correlations & statistics

If you want to make fun of statistics that don't entirely convince you, this is a great source - it shows bizarre correlations in data with nearly identical curves, like "US spending on science" and "Suicides by hanging and suffocation", or between "US crude oil imports from Norway" and "Drivers killed in collision with railway train". Not all data analysis that brings up statistically relevant / significant correlations makes sense, obviously.

http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

The Kindle edition of the book where these are from is just 7 bucks (German store):

https://www.amazon.de/Spurious-Correlations-Tyler-Vigen/dp/0316339431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531126588&sr=8-1