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Programmers Need to Learn Statistics

Zed Shaw “style”:

I have a major pet peeve that I need to confess. I go insane when I hear programmers talking about statistics like they know shit when it’s clearly obvious they do not. I’ve been studying it for years and years and still don’t think I know anything. This article is my call for all programmers to finally learn enough about statistics to at least know they don’t know shit. I have no idea why, but their confidence in their lacking knowledge is only surpassed by their lack of confidence in their personal appearance.

I took statistics and probability courses for the last 3 years of my university. But due to my age and also very bad teachers I ended up hating pretty much everything related to these fields. Not to mention that even if I passed all exams (with decent grades) I don’t remember anything. I’m still fighting some of those ghosts.

Original title and link: Programmers Need to Learn Statistics (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://zedshaw.com/essays/programmer_stats.html