Sorry, but recently the complete NON understanding of statistics by the media has happened too many times…
When Mary Kom was playing her opponent the commentators kept saying ‘Mary Kom has not lost to the same opponent twice’.
On Sunday, 26th August, 2012, when India played Australia in the Under 19 World cup, the commentators kept saying ‘Australia has never lost in the final’.
The commentators do not understand the difference between:
“Has not happened” and “Cannot happen”.
Cannot happen is ‘A cow gave birth to a cat’ – this is an IMPOSSIBLE event, or an event that CANNOT happen.
Australia had not lost till the 26th of August, 2012. However on 26th aug that is over. Now you cannot say that stupid statement AS IF ‘HAS NOT LOST’ meant
‘therefore they cannot lose’ – this is the impression they were giving. So stupid.
A zoo in Cologne, Germany – 700 years old – lost a tiger keeper to a tiger attack. Imagine saying ‘In our 700 year history, no tiger has escaped, no tiger can kill….so we do not need a cage’….LOL
OMG Statistics will you please explain YOURSELF to our great media?
Now the same set of people do mutual fund predictions. God send a tiger to them. We need more tigers and fewer analysts. Sorry.
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