josh (joshc) wrote,
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follow-up

Josh Bearman follows-up on his weblog posting against polls with a longer story for LA Weekly, "Damn Polls"
... what 2000 reminded us about is that polls are not like taking samples of bacteria in a lake; they are an attempt to gauge human intentions, which are messy and resist quantification. [law]
It's a thorough and cogent discussion of the issues that make the whole business of news polling quesitonable. Nice to see this somewhere other than first-year stats courses, where things like sampling error and issues of interpretation were beaten into our heads by responsible biostatisticians.
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