Why statistics truly can be used to prove anything
Let’s suppose there is a country called UnequalStan.
In UnequalStan, there are 2 people – Gareeb, who earns $1/day and Amir, who earns $100/day.
By the World Bank’s definition, Gareeb falls below the widely accepted ‘Poverty Line’ and therefore, you could say that 50% (or 1 out of 2 people) in UnequalStan are poor.
Now let’s suppose that UnequalStan’s population increases by 3. You now have 5 people in living in UnequalStan. The new additions are Gareeber, Amirer & Bill Gates.
Gareeber earns 50 cents (or $0.50) / day, where as the other two earn $100/ day as well. So, applying the definition of ‘Poor’ as explained above, UnequalStan looks like this:
- Bill Gates
So kids, what is the change in poverty levels in UnequalStan? Is it:
- A reduction of 10% (going from 1/2 to 2/5 or from 50% to 40%)?
- An increase of 100% (because there was 1 person before, and now there are 2 )
- Farmers are dying in Vidharba
- Aishwarya Rai married a tree
Now since I am not a famed economist, and nobody calls me for conferences, my answer was 1 (although I was dying to answer 4 as well…)
From the above link, we can draw the following conclusions:
- The author of said article has a huge bias against the Congress
- The author is in favour state-sponsored murder
- The author is in favour of women getting the shit kicked out of them for going to a pub
- No matter how ‘intelligent’ somebody claims to be they are still human beings, subject to the regular human emotions, and capable of making an ass of themselves.