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Armenian is the 3rd most spoken language in Los Angeles

Sunday, December 8, 2013

causation * association * correlation * statistics as a bridge from subjectivity to objectivity

I placed that cartoon at the end of  my talk on measuring success in teaching consonant discrimination to English Language Learners who have different phonemic boundaries from other English language learners. I wanted to temper any desire I might have to scream "causation" when all I really had was correlation. I think it worked, but now I don't feel comfortable with knowing when anything is causative. Type II error in life?