Correlation and Causation

Linoge has often said correlation does not equal causation with regards to analyzing the statistics around gun control.  For those who are still unsure what he meant by that we now have a comic.

Make sense now!?

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About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

2 Responses to Correlation and Causation

  1. Linoge says:

     ‘t’ain’t my saying – it was just beaten into me by my probability and statistics professors at Tech – just because the numbers line up does not mean A is causing B.  

    That said, Mr. Adams, as always, cuts to the heart quite quickly :).  

    • Oh I heard it in probability and statistics too.  You however have actually stated it on your blog and with good cause.  My plots have 0 correlation so it is inconsequential.