lies, damn lies, and statistics

Just read an interesting blog entry by Eric Lippert, about the use and misuse of statistics.  I’m particularly partial to his explanation, because I’m subject to the same job performance rating system that he uses to explain his concepts.

Bonus points to anyone who identifies the source of my blog entry title. 

Comments (5)

  1. Rick Schaut says:

    Actually, Google isn’t much of a help. The statement is often attributed to Mark Twain, but it was actually Benjamin Disraeli.

  2. I think the original quote came from Disraeli.

  3. … but was popularized in the USA by Mark Twain…

  4. Me says:

    And the full quote is, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and stastistics."