American mathematician (1915-2000)
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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