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Thursday, 23 December 2010 13:41
Leroy W. Demery, Jr.

The (self-styled) Antiplanner, a.k.a. our loyal “frenemy,” Randal O’Toole, pulled a remarkably careless - or callous - bit of sleight-of-hand in a recent blog post.

As described previously, O’Toole presented a statistic that was more than ten times greater than the actual value, stated by an authoritative source.

As we “numbers geeks” put it, O’Toole inflated the statistic by more than one order of magnitude. In other words, he shifted the decimal point one place to the right - and then some.

Inflating a statistic by one order of magnitude is a clever trick - if you can get away with it. If not, you might find yourself the object of ripostes such as the following classic:

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