Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cherry-picking Data

One of the biggest challenges for this blog is avoiding the cherry-picking of data.  Am I cherry-picking data?  Yes.  Most of my examples thus far have been anecdotal.  The Steelers lost their Pro-Bowl Center for the super bowl and lost.  The Raiders lost their Pro-Bowl center for the Super Bowl back in the early 2000s and lost.  Its tough to strike a balance between my need to track certain "black swan" events but still avoid cherry-picking, although that is what I'm doing with such low-occurrence events.

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