The worst part about having statistical training is that it’s hard to hear people get anxious about fears without putting them into perspective. ~100 people die every day in car crashes in the United States. That’s 33,804 deaths in a year. Thousands of people are injured every day by cars. Cars terrify me.
There was a bomb on my block.
danah boyd
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Reminds me of this gem from Tony Stubblebine:

The main goal of HAMR is to promote mathematical reasoning when we evaluate problems and solutions.
For example, the media often covers new dangers that are probably overblown. The novelty of the danger far exceeds the actual risk.
The HAMR style response would be to develop a standard of safety that everyone can relate to.
Let’s call it the car standard, or Automobile Fatality Comparison Scale to be precise.
One person dies per 2 million hours driving in a car.
So, when we hear a story that someone died during a Tough Mudder competition, HAMR’s job is to apply the car standard.
The math looks approximately like:
750,000 people have entered a Tough Mudder, the average Tough Mudder takes three hours to finish, and there has been one fatality.
That’s (1 death / (750,000 participants * 3 hours)) = 1 death per 2.25 million hours.
In other words it’s a 0.9 on the Automobile Fatality Comparison Scale, i.e. safer than driving.
Now people can make a mathematically reasoned decision about the dangers of a Tough Mudder.

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