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October 4, 2004

The internet and the new math


I read recently that 80% of all internet queries are about sex.

Then, in last month's Washington Post, I read where NIH officials, pushing to put all their sponsored research online at no charge, stated that 40% of all internet queries are about health.

80% + 40% ≠ 100%

Is it?

So what's going on?

Or are 20% of all internet queries about both sex and health?

That would make the math come out right.

As long as no one ever searched for anything else.


As Mark Twain wrote, there are three kinds of lies: "Lies, damned lies, and statistics."

FunFact: the quotation above is frequently misattributed to Benjamin Disraeli.

October 4, 2004 at 03:01 AM | Permalink


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