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Er, I don’t think averaging five results–from a …

Comment posted on Russell Bruce: What do the Guardian monthly polls tell us? by Stephen Mackenzie

Er, I don’t think averaging five results–from a small sample with significant uncertainty in them–will produce a more precise set of numbers. Just the opposite in fact.
Also, what kind of average? Yes, there is more than one.

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  • Thanks Russell. I’m still a little concerned about the methodology, but I should make clear I don’t disagree radically with your actual conclusions.

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