Beware of statistics

From Spurious Correlations, which has other examples, including a correlation between U.S. spending on science, space and technology and suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation.

Per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese (US)
correlates with
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)


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2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese (US) Pounds (USDA) 9.3 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.9 10.2 10.5 11 10.6 10.6
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US) Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation) 480 501 540 552 547 622 655 701 712 708
Correlation: 0.958648
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  1. Cripes, some statistics are spooky enough without a spurious correlation. 717 people died in just one year due to being tangled in their bed sheets? How’s that happen at all let alone 717 times in one year?