On 11/21/06, Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net> wrote:
>> The problem is that you are abusing statistics.
He didn't offer statistics.
Although it's possible
> to make general statements about the level of accuracy of statistically
> aggregated data it is *never* appropriate to make inferences from that
> to any one particular datapoint.
>> So, although I can say that 95% of ILUG subscribers are male, that
> doesn't mean "particular ILUG subscriber is male" is a "good guess",
> hell it's not even appropriate to say that "there's a 95% probability
> that this particular ILUG subscriber is male". Those statements are
> meaningless. The person either is or isn't male, there's no intermediate
Both statements have meaning. If you choose to pretend they've no meaning,
that's a completely separate problem.
GeoLocation is wrong in many cases, mostly for users of multinational
companies corporate networks which don't have local proxies. But, that's a
pretty small proportion of users. Certainly, it's financially worthwhile for
advertisers to use GeoCoding. And that's a real quality metric.
In a test of some commercial systems by the US govt., between 80 and 90% of
IPs were accurate to within 300 meters (for 2000 random IPs across the US).
That's pretty accurate.
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