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Quack Medicine, Good Hospitals, and Dieting

Lecture no. 21 from the course: Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear

Quack Medicine, Good Hospitals, and Dieting

Taught by Professor Michael Starbird | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Mathematics Courses

Medical treatments are commonly based on statistical studies. Aspects to consider in contemplating treatment include the characteristics of the study group and the difference between correlation and causation. Another statistical concept, regression to the mean, explains why quack medicines can appear to work.

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