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[-] [email protected] 251 points 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago)

Half the students are below average! This is outrageous!

[-] [email protected] 59 points 4 days ago

Below the median

Unless scores follow a standard (or any other symmetric) distribution

[-] [email protected] 13 points 4 days ago

Standardized tests are normalized, so...

[-] [email protected] 12 points 4 days ago

There are different definitions of average and one is median

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 4 days ago
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[-] [email protected] 38 points 4 days ago

News at 11: "Half of people are below average!"

[-] [email protected] 17 points 3 days ago

Ashktually half people below the median.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 days ago

Ackchyually, they never said which average they meant, you just assumed mean.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 days ago

Yeah but the average is pretty fucking dumb.

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[-] [email protected] 124 points 4 days ago

I cant tell if this is a joke or if this guy is in the bottom quartile.

[-] [email protected] 83 points 4 days ago

It's a satirical account, that's not a real politician.

There are plenty of them out there that are this dumb though.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 4 days ago

Its a little sad that it’s this hard to tell anymore. Thanks btw

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

I cant tell if you are joking or if you are in the bottom quartile.

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 3 days ago

I was skeptical of these numbers until I did the research. It's even worse than I thought. Did you know that only 20% of students test in the top quintile? Is our children learning?

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 days ago

I was born extremely smart. I always tested way at the top of the curve... far superior to all my peers.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

One could construct tests where this isn't a given. Create an exam with one really easy question and one really hard question. You'll end up with a huge spike in the center and two tiny tails. The top quintile of correct answers (<=1.6 correct answers) will be vanishingly small.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 3 days ago

Goodhart's Law: When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 days ago

My state'a standardized test says kids are "at risk" if they aren't in the top 40% of the test. The top 50% could all be traditional "a-b" students. But because they weren't in the top 80% of a-b students they are at risk for failing academically.... It's so asinine and disheartening. The last half of the year is devoted to this idiotic test. Kids could be learning stuff that will enrich themselves... Instead they are learnig how to take a test better.

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[-] [email protected] 63 points 4 days ago

First time I saw a statistician joke

[-] nahuse 52 points 4 days ago

We just need a few more to see if there’s a trend.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago)

You're probably one of today's lucky 10,000.

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 4 days ago

I can almost see a facebook post along the lines of:
One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to understand how terrible things are, when fully 25% of the population are in the bottom quartile.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 days ago

25%!? That's nothing. Half of people are below average. That's twice of what you quoted!

[-] [email protected] 41 points 4 days ago

Ironically, him being a fucking idiot actually proves his point.

[-] [email protected] 88 points 4 days ago* (last edited 4 days ago)

Wait, this isn't satire?

Edit: I commented too soon. It's satire.

[-] [email protected] 57 points 4 days ago

Yeah, and me being a fucking idiot proves it more.

[-] [email protected] 25 points 4 days ago

Lmaooooo I love this save

[-] [email protected] 14 points 4 days ago

I commend you for at least acknowledging it.

[-] [email protected] 25 points 4 days ago

Tide goes in, tide goes out. Can't explain that.

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[-] [email protected] 30 points 4 days ago

60% of the time, it works every time

[-] [email protected] 33 points 4 days ago

I notice there is a 25% in the top as well... Coincidence or conspiracy...

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 4 days ago

I'm surprised it's only 25%. These days, I'd figure at least 40% would be in the lowest quartile. Has anyone checked the math on this?

[-] [email protected] 26 points 4 days ago

Check the math? What do I look like, a numbertician??

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[-] [email protected] 14 points 4 days ago

But then again, 25 percent of American students are also in the top quartile on standardized tests, so it evens out.

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 4 days ago

Nice try everyone knows that the soyjack is on one end and the chad is at the other.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 4 days ago

Fucking genius.

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