There is this research finding that psychologists often use in their statistics classes to showcase the problem with what is called a spurious correlation. I promise, by the way, this won’t be a wonky post. Occasionally, I must live up to my name. So, do you know that when there is an increase in ice cream sales, there is also an increase in homicides? This is an old finding. Surely, you’ve heard of this. Does this mean that eating ice cream leads to people killing? No. Absolutely not. Although, certainly certain new ice cream flavors may be suspect, i.e. “Raw horse flesh” What gives? It so happens that more people tend to eat ice cream in the summertime because it is hot outside and separately murder rates rise in warm weather. That’s a spurious correlation my friends. And I won’t go further into this.

I don’t really care for ice…

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