Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Things That Are Not The Same Are Different

Sound Stupid to You?
StatPicWell, it’s really not. It’s all about variation. I first heard this statement from Dr. Alan Lasater who was a statistician friend of mine (Deceased in 2005). He used that statement in trying to get people to understand that variation is a fact of life in manufacturing, service, and nature.

  • Any two snowflakes: they are different.
  • Any two items off the assembly line: they are different.
  • Any two acorns off the oak tree: they are different.

You may have to examine closely, or measure precisely, but you will find any two items that are not the same are different.

When variation among items is too large, we as consumers complain because we like products and services that are consistently high quality.

Special Jokes about Statisticians:

  • Do you know the difference between a dead statistician in the road and a dead possum in the road?
    Answer: There’s skid marks in front of the possum.
  • What is a statistician?
    Answer: Someone who did not have the personality to be an accountant?

Yes. Tennessee Granddaddy is a retired statistician, and my son, Kevin, is a working statistician.

And did you know that one half of our doctors graduated in lower 50% of their class. And, believe it or not, about one half of our students are below average. Ha!


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
As I get older, I don’t find many things that’s worth waiting in line for.

Quote of the Day
Modesty and unselfishness -
these are virtues which men praise - and pass by.
~André Maurois, Ariel, 1924

Joke of the Day

A coach for the Little League Baseball gave about the same opening speech every year: "We have to use sportsmanship at all times. There will be no yelling at the umpires or other players and no being poor losers. Do y'all understand ?"

At that point the kids would generally nod, then the coach added, "Good! Now please go home and explain all that to your parents."

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