Thursday, April 7, 2011

Statistical Significance Humor

The past few weeks (ok, maybe months) have not been kind when it comes to free time for writing.  Hopefully that will be changing in the next few weeks.  But, in the meantime, I saw this comic and it reminded me of some of the research looking for the genetic basis of autism.  You know, the studies that sift through a huge number of possible mutations and declare that these few mutations - even though they only appear in a small handful of cases - are significant when it comes to autism.

Enjoy (via xkcd).

P.S. If you are having trouble with the punchline, count the number of colors compared and consider what a p value is supposed to represent.


  1. Even for him, that one was particularly brilliant.

    - pD

  2. Haha, that's awesome!!!! Very intelligent! I'm definitely following, come say hi at