Statistics Joke

via Felix Salmon’s twitter feed:

If you’re doing a PhD in Applied Statistics, specialising in sampling theory, how many times do they make you write your dissertation?

And it goes on:

(This was the basis of an actual conversation between me and a colleague, where we were arguing over what I believed to be an entirely sensible generalisation from a single case. He pointed out that he had a degree in statistics and thus could be assumed to have expertise in the area; I countered that he only had a single degree in statistics and would have to take his finals at least 30 times before I could be confident he hadn’t passed them by luck).

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