MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Quotes
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Tue Mar 5 15:18:51 UTC 2013
Here is the text from the Reader’s Digest that I neglected to include
with my previous message. Andrew Lang is the man to beat if you want
to give credit to someone else.
[ref] 1937 April, Reader’s Digest, Volume 30, Toward a More
Picturesque Speech, Quote Page 60, The Reader’s Digest Association.
(Verified on paper)[/ref]
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts – for support
rather than for illumination (Andrew Lang)
Here is a link to Barry's web page with valuable information:
On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> "Statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk: useful for support but not
>>>>> for illumination.”
> LH said:
>> That one can't be his, can it? It's been around for ages. Fred?
> I examined this expression in the past. I did not see it listed in the
> Yale Book of Quotations or the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs. Barry
> Popik does have an entry. There are multiple matches in the Google
> Books database that are assigned the year 1937 (and some bogus earlier
> dates). I checked six citations with GB dates of 1937 on paper or with
> scans. The earliest was the Reader’s Digest:
> [ref] 1937 April, Reader’s Digest, Volume 30, Toward a More
> Picturesque Speech, Quote Page 60, The Reader’s Digest Association.
> (Verified on paper) [/ref]
> Barry Popik lists this Reader's Digest cite without a month. Now he
> can add the month if he wishes.
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