[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VI-26] Heart over poll

I intended to write this post several weeks ago, but had to wait to post this until after I had posted homework solutions, and of course, it got caught up in the queue of other posts that I had wanted to write.

But, eventually, you get to what you want to get to!

The inspiration for this post came from one of my office hours with G.C., who was asking about a question that is shown on the board below. (Basically, the question was: If the C-range is within 1 standard deviation of the mean, the B-range 1 to 2 standard deviations above the mean, etc., what percentage of the C-earners would be between the 25th and 50th percentile?)

 

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When considering any problem with percentages, one thing to consider is that a percentage is the decimated (er, decimalized) form of a fraction, where the numerator is the part and the denominator is the whole (and then multiplied by 100).

That is, part over whole.

However, when I was talking with G.C. about the problem and opened my mouth, I spoonerised what I wanted to say.

Yes indeed. I claimed that a percentage is the heart over poll! 

But, let me connect that to two things.

FIRSTLY: Heart over poll: Your convictions are stronger than what happens in elections. An individual CAN make a difference somehow.

SECONDLY: Heart over Poll also applies in sports. The underdogs don’t just roll over as a result of the opponent being ranked high in the polls. Just take a look at #8 Notre Dame trailing unranked Omaha in NCAA hockey right now!

POSSIBLY THIRDLY: It’s found above nonzero result of a contour integral in the complex plane.

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Today is the twenty-sixth day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes three weeks and five days.

Green Bay/St. Norbert: 8 days

Minneapolis: 15 days

Lincoln: 58 days

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7 thoughts on “[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VI-26] Heart over poll

  1. Statistics? AAAAAAH! Run away, run away!
    But, wait, what’s that?

    “Heart over poll: Your convictions are stronger than what happens in elections. An individual CAN make a difference somehow.”

    I surely ❤ that sentiment!

    Great post, Noah!

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