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The calculator is “more accurate” than the slide rule. Or is it?
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Steve Moore
When I entered college in the fall of 1970, I had a nice slide rule (or “slipstick” as some of us...
    Many talk about reducing variation to improve quality. Does that include human variation, where everyone takes a different approach to improving overall improvement processes? What would happen if this variation were reduced? Would some of you lean folks be interested in spearheading...
    This month’s column comes from a convergence of finishing my article, “Statistical Thinking for OD Professionals,” for the OD Practitioner, and reading “How Statistics Lost their Power—and Why We Should Fear What Comes Next” in the Guardian, and Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil (Crown...
    A recent question from a statistician in Germany led me to the realization that the F-test of analysis of variance (ANOVA) fame is in serious need of an update. What the F-ratio does The F-ratio, created by Sir Ronald Fisher around 1925, is a generalization of Student’s t-test for...
    Did you ever wonder why statistical analyses and concepts often have such weird, cryptic names? One conspiracy theory points to the workings of a secret committee called the ICSSNN. The International Committee for Sadistic Statistical Nomenclature and Numerophobia was formed solely to befuddle...

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