Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This is getting a lot of attention. It would be nice if magazine staff and commentators had a rudimentary understanding of statistics. Here's just one criticism: A self-selected sample is not scientific. I'm not saying the article isn't interesting, but it is not a meaningful ranking. In fact, it reminds me of the college party school designation, which is based on students' voluntary participation. It might sell papers, but it doesn't have any other value.

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