Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bad stats and bad info

In Herald Watch, Henry Gomez discusses an Ana Menendez column on the decline of the middle class in the Miami area, and disputes her statistics. While, he says, her theory may be right, she's using statistics from the city of Miami -- statistically small and less diverse -- instead of the Miami metropolitan area. It's a common problem that confuses people and skews murder rate stats and lots more.

In Wikipedia news, yet again a public figure is fighting the effect of bad postings to the online encyclopedia. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, according to this Miami Herald story by Patrick Danner, is suing a Miami company because someone using one of its computers posted the defamatory statements to Wikipedia. Zoeller's attorney says the remarks were removed, repeatedly, but he is concerned the bad information will remain on and caches.



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