It’s All Greek

Charlie Kufs
Jul 3, 2010 · 4 min read

When Humpty Dumpty uses a word, it means just what he chooses it to mean, neither more nor less. To people not conversant in a technical specialty, it seems that all the experts are Humpty Dumptys. Statistics is no exception.

If you’re a beginner at data analysis, it will seem like there is a superabundance of esoteric statistical slang. You’ll hear it even from friendly statisticians. It gets worse when you start reading websites…