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Made up statistics 120% more likely to be right « The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith

Made up statistics 120% more likely to be right

Saturday, November 18th, 2006 - 8:28 pm PST

In a surprising new study, researchers at Boston University’s School of Statisticology have found that made-up statistics turn out to be 120% more accurate than those arrived at through large-scale sampling, rigorous controls, and adherence to strict scientific methodologies. “Certainly we were amazed by the findings,” said lead researcher Ambrose Fukijama, “but once we arrived at them, it was clear we should simply throw them out and make up new ones.” Fukijama added he is confident in the accuracy of the findings because they are strongly supported by the findings themselves.