From: Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002
Subject: Jokes about Data Mining?
A reader asked me about jokes about data miners or data mining.
Well, I have heard that some statisticians said that "all of data mining is a joke", especially when the stock prices came down.
However, if you have any suitable jokes about data miners, statisticians, or even mathematicians, please email them to editor and I will publish a selection.
Here is the first entry from Ross Bettinger.
A physicist, an engineer, and a statistician were hunting for deer one day. The physicist sees a deer, raises his rifle to his shoulder, takes careful aim, fires, and watches the deer bound away, obviously unhurt.
"Darn!", lamented the physicist. "I shouldn't have jerked on the trigger. I missed by only an inch. But that's as good as a mile, since I didn't hit the deer."
"Don't be so disappointed in yourself," said the engineer. "Your shot was well-within acceptable bounds of accuracy."
"Direct hit!" crowed the statistician.
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