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February 7, 2008 5:14 PM Subscribe
What does it mean when they "adjust" statistics?
posted by moxiedoll to science & nature (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I promise I've tried to find the answer, but I don't understand what it means to "adjust" in statistics. Particularly since it seems to happen in connection with studies where the answer seems obvious.... Like, I'm always reading articles that say something like, "People Who Consume Champaign and Caviar Are Less Likely To Face Foreclosure!" That seems like a dumb conclusion, but then it'll always say.... "even adjusted for socioeconomic status..." Does "adjusted" mean to throw certain data out? Is it like handicapping the data? Why don't they just do the study on a specific group that *doesn't* include the adjusted people and title it accordingly? Etc.