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Statistics put to practical use

February 7, 2010

This is how statistics can be interpreted and put to practical use: Take the case of statistician Abraham Wald. He looked at war planes during WWII and figured out where extra armor should be added to planes by looking at the bullet holes in war planes. He figured the extra armor should go in the places there were no bullet holes. Why? because “that’s where bullets hit the planes that didn’t make it back.” Kind of a smart guy.

Source: The Basic Practice of Statistics by David S. Moore

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