John Tukey

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John Tukey (16 June 191526 July 2000) was an American statistician.

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  • Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
    • The future of data analysis. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962), page 13.
  • An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question.
    • Super Freakonomics page 224: "as the renowned statistician John Tukey once reportedly said,"
  • The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.

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