Statistical studies have derailed more people’s productivity than anything else I know. I am a statistician. So, I say this statement very carefully.
How do we properly process statistical studies? How can we ensure that we don’t make one of the biggest mistakes made with statistical studies … assuming that correlation proves causality?
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“Statistics” Show Notes
In this episode, I share on the following topics:
- Why statistical studies might be killing your productivity
- Examples of odd statistical studies
- The difference between correlation and causality
- Observational studies vs experiments
- Bad sampling and response bias
- 4 Action Steps to properly process statistical studies in your life
- Look for clues whether it is an observational study or experiment
- Watch out for bad sampling (e.g., studies on college students)
- Realize most studies report averages, not how you may experience something
- Statistics can be a direction, never a conclusion. Let your life be an adventure.
“Statistics” Episode Resources
In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:
- Ionica Smeets on the dangers in correlational studies
- Ann Landers ‘study’ on how 70% of parents wish they hadn’t had children
- Article on becoming a morning person
- Study Links 8 Hours’ Sleep to Shorter Life Span
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