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February 18, 2014

"Through a Data Set, Darkly"

Mark it down: correlations are easy; causality is hard


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Some don't understand this at all. I was dumbfounded as I read Who Votes Now by Jan Leighley and Johnathan Nagler, where they said, in so many words, correlation is causation. Understanding math and statistics is apparently not required for being professors of political science, despite heavy use of statistics.

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