Correlation is not Causation


In the Journalism world many times data and comparisons are used to make points or provide background information. This is a necessary and useful aspect of the news, but can be used to lead people to incorrect conclusions. The human mind naturally chooses that when two situations or results are directly correlated, we assume one caused the other or they have some effect on each other. This seems obvious to most, but many times this is blatantly not true. Tyler Vigen gives some amazing examples of things that may be correlated, but there is no causation.

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