September 16th, 2004

mystery

Wharton | 2nd Semester

...and we are back to our regularly scheduled programming. I could, of course, complain about the additional daily 2 hour class, or the boxed lunches we had to eat during yet another lecture, or the fact that 3 hours of sleep is not enough for the first day of classes, especially on RoshHaShana, but I won't.

Instead, the more interesting stuff:


  • Statistics: In many countries and some US states an interesting phenomenon was observed in the number of prescriptions the doctors wrote. Some doctors were so "prescriptive" as to be clear outliers in the models. Turned out that they owned the nearby pharmacies...

  • Statistics: The IQ tests were devised in the 1920's and the results of the population were supposed to conform to the normal distribution (the famous bell curve). Well, in the initial tests women did significantly better than men. The result - the tests were modified until the difference was eliminated. I'd love to see an actual article/reference for this, but don't have the time right now.
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