[Ads-l] statistics, "no substitute for judgement"--Henry Clay Sr.?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 1 23:06:26 EDT 2019


Stephen Goranson wrote:
Subject line: statistics, "no substitute for judgement"--Henry Clay Sr.?
> This is severally claimed online, but appears quite unlikely.

This may be a case of name confusion. The remarkable book "Hemingway
Didn't Say That" presents several error-mechanisms including the
following: "An ascription can jump from one person to another person
who shares a similar name." I have not performed a deep search, but
the following citation is suggestive.

Date: December 18, 1930
Newspaper: The Dodge City Journal
Newspaper Location: Dodge City, Kansas
Article: So They Say
Quote Page 3, Column 4
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
Statistics are no substitute for judgement. Henry Clay, of the bank of England.
[End excerpt]

Wikipedia has a germane entry for the economist Henry Clay.
[Begin excerpt]
Henry Clay (economist)
Sir Henry Clay (9 May 1883 – 30 July 1954) was a British economist and
Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford. . . .
Between 1930 and 1944 he worked as an economic adviser to the Bank of England.
[End excerpt]

Garson


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