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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 04:36 PM
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95. If only it were that simple OR since every vote counts
A national inferential study cannot be held up as confirmation of study results of a subset of a population in one county.

It does not work that way. Nor the other way around. One subset in one county cannot be used to confirm a national pattern.

The significance I appreciate is that a method has been demonstrated that can be applied to other counties, races, and elections using the same punch card voting system. Someone, such as academics or Congress, might want to utilize it to investigate if the same pattern is found elsewhere.

People mired in making convincing arguments about obvious inferences might find this statistical approach refreshing. Of course, it is a lot more work too, since every vote counts. Every precinct tally must be used.

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