One would think that a chemical engineer would be pretty adept at technical things. And one with a PhD even more so.
But, it seems that the confusion sowed by statistics knows no bounds. A PhD in chemical engineering recently told me,
"I never did get the hang of statistics."
"Statistics is the part of mathematics that even mathematicians don't particularly like." Alan Smith, Data Visual Editor, the Financial Times in London.
David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. In his Christmas Eve column, he writes about probabilities. He is in favor of using them to communicate, but says, "They are inherently hard to grasp."
And, as we know, statistics is based on probabilities -- which is why so many find it confusing.
The 13th in our irregular "You are not alone ..." series.
Even statisticians are not immune to misinterpretations of Null Hypothesis Significance Tests. http://bit.ly/2hdr11o
Andrew A. (Andy) Jawlik is the author of the book, Statistics from A to Z -- Confusing Concepts Clarified, published by Wiley.