# John Tukey

American mathematician (1915-2000)

**John Tukey** (16 June 1915 – 26 July 2000) was an American statistician.

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- Far better an approximate answer to the
*right*question, which is often vague, than an*exact*answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.*The future of data analysis*. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 33 (1), (1962), page 13.- Variant: "An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question." "as the renowned statistician John Tukey once reportedly said," according to
*Super Freakonomics*page 224.

- The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data.
*Sunset salvo*. The American Statistician 40 (1). Online at http://www.jstor.org/pss/2683137

- The tool that is so dull that you cannot cut yourself on it is not likely to be sharp enough to be either useful or helpful.
*The Technical Tools of Statistics*. The American Statistician 34 (1). Online at https://www.jstor.org/stable/2682374