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August 5, 2011


Filed under: humour — Jonathan Lewis @ 5:55 pm BST Aug 5,2011

Statistics don’t lie: a survey of browser users (original report no longer available, but see CNN’s report)

But maybe:  the people reporting them do

On 2nd August the BBC were reporting the survey described at the top as news – and I had a URL for their report, and their follow-up report on 3rd of how it was a hoax. Both URLs now point to the same thing – rather reducing the impact of the posting.


  1. Well, I don’t see any difference on these pages. It seems both tell the same story. Am I missing something?

    Comment by Gokhan Atil — August 5, 2011 @ 6:14 pm BST Aug 5,2011 | Reply

  2. I think BBC are redirecting the original article to the new one?

    Comment by Kamal — August 5, 2011 @ 6:18 pm BST Aug 5,2011 | Reply

  3. Are you tempted to suggest that other web-site owners should try to be as quick to correct their mistakes ?

    Comment by Gary — August 5, 2011 @ 9:18 pm BST Aug 5,2011 | Reply

    • Gary,

      The thought hadn’t crossed my mind – but it’s a nice idea. Of course, you have to remember that they probably have full-time professionals looking after the website, and that makes it less onerous to correct errors.

      Mind you, it’s also worth noting that the correction includes the observation that they had made a mistake.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — August 6, 2011 @ 8:55 am BST Aug 6,2011 | Reply

  4. The CNN report that I linked to in my facebook comment “Fun with statistical sampling and correlation!” is still (correctly ?!) the original post :

    Comment by Hemant K Chitale — August 7, 2011 @ 6:51 am BST Aug 7,2011 | Reply

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