Archive for probabilism

Bad graph of the day

Posted in Books, Statistics with tags , , , , on October 7, 2009 by xi'an

The French general science monthly La Recherche published in its October issue a graph about the difference between randomness and determinism which, besides being useless and meaningless (with the caption “determinism, a case of probabilism“, as if probability was a kind of disease!), shares the same feature as a density plot I saw in The Economist when looking at an abridged Black Swan, namely that it shows two densities with the same modal value and with two strongly different areas. (I’ll comment later on the whole issue of separating determinism from randomness.)