Monday, August 14, 2006

I don't even know where to start...

The Bay Area's minority migration
POPULATION SHIFT: Inner cities shrinking as nonwhites seek better schools, life
(link)

One could take the easy route and beat up on overcrowding (and Berkeley), but I think the real culprits in this article are the San Francisco Chronicle. The real story should be "Data from 2005 study so bad we can draw no responsible conclusions." Too bad that doesn't sell papers. But seriously, look at the Oakland numbers - either the city lost 10% of its population, or it lost less than 0.5%. That's a big difference, and if that really was a confidence interval, it's dubiously significant. And to then compare Oakland and San Francisco, despite marked differences in the demographic shifts!

The whole article's a house of cards. If it wasn't way past my bedtime, I'd rant in more detail. As it is, read the article for what not to do. 0Ls, use it as a test of your critical reading ability and a first step to developing a healthy distrust of the San Francisco Chronicle.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tf, i think the 0ls are able to read critically. they are going to the same law school as you.

8/14/2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Fletcher said...

I agree with you and look forward to another class of whio-smart future attorneys. How does "use it as a test of your critical reading ability" imply that they lack reading ability? Doesn't my sentence require that they already possess critical reading ability?

One of the these days, one of these days, no more anonymous comments...

8/15/2006 4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The commenter showed that she/he can't read critically. So there's one.

8/15/2006 9:12 AM  

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