Predictive Analytics and Spurious Correlations

Hypothesis Discovery

The spurious correlations site has a lot of interesting charts showing various arbitrary combinations of trends that show strong correlations and yet have no rational basis that suggest causation.  Also, the site has a nice feature to explore other correlations by using the hyperlinks on the chart titles to find other trends that correlate with that topic.  Hidden at the bottom of the main page is a link to an entertaining video that nicely discusses how correlations are different from causation.   Some of my discussion concerns the points he makes in the video.   His video expresses an optimism that humans will always be in the loop to insert sanity after just a brief moment of belief that there could be a causal relationship behind such compelling correlations both in graphic form and in statistical values.   The evidence I see is that optimism is misplaced as illustrated by…

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