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October 4, 2004

The internet and the new math

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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.

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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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