Learning with Real Data

Pajamas Media has posted a short article looking at real data about accidents reported to the US National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) that involved Toyotas. Links to data compiled by the Los Angeles time and the Atlantic magazine are provided.

Looking at the real data, instead of statistics about the data, let’s us perhaps draw a completely different conclusion that that reached by the media a few weeks ago (my emphasis)
But given the enormous number of claims made to the NHTSA, the media’s propensity to swarm and exaggerate, and the nature of these 41 accidents — many more plausibly attributable to driver error than to mechanical failure — it is likely that Toyota is receiving a bum deal.

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