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.

Dilbert.com

Make sense now!?

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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.