Title

Vampire Statistics and Other Mathematical Oddities

Document Type

Editorial

Department

Mathematics (CMC), Mathematics (Pomona)

Publication Date

2011

Keywords

statistics, mathematics

Abstract

The world tends to trust mathematicians and their numbers. By extension, the numbers generated by polls and surveys command much respect, sometimes beyond their deserved due. Thus, when an especially juicy statistic enters the public consciousness, it can take on a life of its own, long after new data superseded the old survey and should have driven a stake through its heart.

Rights Information

© 2011 Mark Huber and Gizem Karaali