You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #89: Descriptive statistics vs. inferential statistics = NO MOE vs. MOE [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-12-07 10:19 AM
Response to Original message
89. Descriptive statistics vs. inferential statistics = NO MOE vs. MOE
Study of election results, tallies of voting, are descriptive statistics. Unlike polling, study of results is essentially a poll of the entire population instead of a sample of a population. Therefore, there is no margin of error (MOE).

Perhaps it is time to change focus guys, and move on to some descriptive analysis. After all, the votes have been reported. Duh!!

Having zero margin of error is a very helpful attribute when it comes to convincing argumentation regarding conclusions.

If you have an inferential conclusion you find supportable with a MOE, move on to demonstating your point with a descriptive study and without a MOE.
If you can't demonstrate what you are arguing for with a descriptive study, then explain why or these arguments can go on forever. If you cannot figure out how to move on to a descriptive study, I know a University in Canada that can help for a fee.

MOVE ON to something useful that moves things forward already....
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC