Nice one, xkcd.
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The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.
Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.
I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.
A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.