Insignificant digits

Who’s a better student? The one with a 3.95 GPA or the one with 3.96? Neither or both, actually. These metrics are foolishly and incorrectly precise. The decisions that led to this average had far more than a hundredth of a point of randomness and judgment calls along the way. Who’s richer? Someone with 3 […]


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