Barry Arrington and Elizabeth Liddle Have Something in Common
|August 18, 2011||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design|
Nutty Statistics Professors.
Dr. Liddle wrote: “I was taught stats by a somewhat eccentric professor who would fail papers if you gave a p value! He’d return the paper with red ink all over it,saying “DO NOT DO THIS”. And would withhold a pass mark until you’d deleted it.”
This put me in mind of my own advanced statistics professor.* Every day he would spend the first 20 minutes of class going on and on about his real passion — the study of paranormal activity. I still groan inwardly thinking it about all these years later.
BTW, as much as I pick on her, I really like Dr. Liddle. I may have mistaken her stubborn insistence on sticking to her guns (in the face of what I perceive as overwhelming and irrefutable arguments to the contrary) as intellectual dishonesty, and if I did I apologize. Dr. Liddle, I hope you continue to post here. As frustrating as you can be, this would be a boring site if we did not have someone from the other side to joust with. And it is fun to joust with you.
*Why does a lawyer need to know statistics one might ask? I was a CPA before I was a lawyer, and modern audit practices rely heavily on statistical sampling.