#013 – Ice Cream Causes Divorce: How Statistical Studies May Be Killing Your Productivity [Podcast]

Statistical studies have derailed more people’s productivity than anything else I know. I am a statistician. So, I say this statement very carefully.

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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
      1. Look for clues whether it is an observational study or experiment
      2. Watch out for bad sampling (e.g., studies on college students)
      3. Realize most studies report averages, not how you may experience something
      4. 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:


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