Monday, January 16, 2006

Coke Bottle Nation

Funny how I get done with one post about crappy survey methods to get slapped in the face with another in the Chosun:

One of eighth-grade students from St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Papakura, New Zealand taken last May, the other of first-grade students from a middle school in Gangnam, Seoul taken during their winter vacation this January -- makes for some startling data. In the New Zealand picture, four students out of 34 wear glasses -- two of them Koreans. In the photo of Korean middle school students, in contrast, 15 out of 35 wear glasses. Including the three who left their glasses off, perhaps for aesthetic reasons, the figure rises to 18 or half the class. That would suggest 4.4 times as many Korean students wear glasses as their New Zealand counterparts.

That's the best they can do data wise? They make that conclusion out of sample like that? How sloppy can you get?

The article goes on to quote different experts making unsupported speculations on the causes of this dubious statistic. For all the actual facts presented it reminds of other articles. Perhaps they should have found a doctor that says poor eyesight is caused by eating kimchi.


At January 18, 2006 3:21 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Global warming is directly caused by the decreasing number of pirates! I have a graph that proves it!


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