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Speaking of numeracy…

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From Monday’s Globe:

Mr. Lopez, who has designed fitness nutrition plans, recommends options for healthier dining and drinking.

“When Dawn’s at the pub, a turkey burger or sweet potato fries would be better alternatives. On average, one chicken wing has 100 calories, seven grams of fat and 100 grams of sodium.” As for alcohol, “vodka with soda or champagne are her best bets – both are below 100 calories.”

So I’m trying to picture 100 grams of sodium. Sounds like a lot, right? And when you multiply up, the numbers become really silly: There’s a full kilogram of sodium in ten wings? Obviously, it’s supposed to be milligrams. This might look like a typo, and I do think pointing out typos is kind of petty. But this kind of mistake doesn’t surprise me nearly as much as, say, a misspelling of the word “grams” would. And that’s frustrating.

Much more at Regret the Error.

(H/t to a sharp-eyed friend, Mike Markovich.)

Written by Allison

21 December 2010 at 1:26 am

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Data literacy in the Washington Post

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This is a bit late, but last week I was quoted in the Washington Post’s ombudsman’s column. The piece includes a link to one of my This Mag columns. Finally, one of my comments was quoted over on ScienceBlogs, in service of an interesting point.

Written by Allison

6 December 2010 at 12:19 am

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The worst sort of filter

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On this story, I’ll make one obvious comment: What kind of aspiring State Department staff wouldn’t be discussing the cables? The kind you probably don’t want to hire, I think.

Written by Allison

6 December 2010 at 12:13 am

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