Friday, September 5, 2008

Why we should measure things

I work as a Data Analyst, so maybe I'm biased. But I think we should use measurement and statistics so that we can improve our understanding of the world. Plus, you can catch people making funny mistakes.

Giuliani at the Republican Convention:
"Of great concern to me, during those same four days in Denver, they rarely mentioned the attacks of September 11, 2001. They are in a state of denial about the biggest threat that faces this country. And if you deny it and you don't deal with it, you can't face it."
According to an analysis of transcripts from both conventions, Obama/Biden used the phrase "September 11th" three times, while McCain/Palin used it once. Giuliani also used the phrase once in the context above, as did Joe Lieberman (an Independent speaking at the Republican convention).

But then again, if we actually pay attention to what our leaders say, the terrorists have already won.

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