Vampire Statistics and Other Mathematical Oddities
Mathematics (CMC), Mathematics (Pomona)
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an especially juicy statistic enters the public consciousness, it can take on a life of its own, long after new data superseded the old survey and should have driven a stake through its heart.
© 2011 Mark Huber and Gizem Karaali
Huber, M, and Karaali, G., Vampire statistics and other mathematical oddities, editorial, Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 1 Issue 2 (July 2011), page 1. Available online at http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol1/iss2/2/