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Re^4: Principle of Inclusion

by davorg (Chancellor)
on May 19, 2006 at 11:39 UTC ( #550472=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Principle of Inclusion
in thread Principle of Inclusion

If it's on the internet then it must be true :)

Whilst I'm firmly on your side of this debate, that source isn't exactly compelling. It doesn't say where any of those numbers come from.


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Re^5: Principle of Inclusion
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on May 19, 2006 at 17:37 UTC
    ... that source isn't exactly compelling.

    Agreed, but if you look at anonymonks figures drawn from the FBI numbers; he is talking 9,000 -v- 11,000 homidices and 15,000 -v- 17,000 suicides in 2001.

    And if you download and wade through that FBI "Uniform Crime Reporting", you will find that they use some pretty dubious math, and some even more dubious reasoning for using it, to produce thier 'Uniform' statistics for 'reporting' purposes. I believe that the table I linked is the raw, 'unmassaged' data.

    Even if you prefer the FBI numbers, we are talking a few percent difference, not orders of magnitude.

    More kids killed in one year in the USA, than all gun related deaths over a ten year period in the UK. I know which system makes me feel safest.

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