The More Chocolate A Nation Eats, The More Nobel Prizes It Gets

Oct 15, 2012 by

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But not really. A research paper shows how perfectly verified statistical results can still be perfectly wrong.A study has foundthat a country’s consumption of chocolate is directly correlated to the number of Nobel laureates it has produced. The correlation here is false, of course, and that’s precisely why the study was published. New York physician Franz Messerli noticed the correlation and published the study to show how p-values–a statistical tool that nearly all medical studies employ to prove the veracity of the causal relationships they describe–can be seriously flawed.

The More Chocolate A Nation Eats, The More Nobel Prizes It Gets

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