Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sometimes Statistics Just Doesn't Make Sense

By taking some numbers and applying to them the four basic arithmetic operations people produce bunch of statistical indices.

Someone in UNDP (United Nations Development Program) decided to take GDI (gender-related development index) and divide it by HDI (human development index).   

The result is supposed to reflect the gender imbalance inside HDI and it features under the headline "Building the capabilities of women".

China is number 10 in the world! I really don't get it: how can we achieve such result when China is the only country in the world where female commit suicide more often than men? And when the gender imbalance is one of the most worrying demographical issues?  

Well... anyway number 9 is Russia and the overall winner is Mongolia!  


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