Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Survivorship bias 

The NARN will like this quote:
"I am convinced I never would have received my doctorate if I had taken the results of standardized tests too seriously," the late Minnesota Sen. Paul D. Wellstone (D) had written in an article published in 2000. His SAT score reportedly was below 900.
From Jay Matthews, reporting on success stories of people who scored poorly on the SAT or ACT. Apparently to Mr. Matthews, like most sociologists, the plural of anecdote is data.

No word on how Wellstone did in music-writing.