Thursday, 14 June 2018

Our statistics are stories

Libraries Unlimited, a Public Service Mutual providing a library service to the public,
have been told by the council to return with “statistics not stories”?
Our statistics are stories.
What’s the standard deviation for a 5 bar gate filled in at the end of a long day?
Our statistics are frequently reported to 6 significant figures (845,866 visits per year).
No library authority can afford the staff necessary to collect statistics to 2 significant figures
(850,000). Our statistics should be reported to one significant figure (800,000)
until we can prove they aren’t stories.

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