Statistical Games
Posted by aogFriday, 27 September 2002 at 16:36 TrackBack Ping URL

HRH Damian I, House of Penny, Not Yet Recognized Despotic Ruler of Newfoundland, writes about Arundhati Roy. He complains that she claims 100 million more poor people over the last decade while other studies show a drop in world poverty. Although Ms. Roy is an Idiotarian, they, like monkeys on keyboards, occasionally emit factual statements. It is not inconsistent that world poverty has decreased while the number of poor as increased. The former is measured in percentages, while the latter is an absolute number. According to this site, the world population has increased by ~784 million from 1992 to 2002. If there are only 100 million more poor people, then in fact poverty has decreased. Ms. Roy may acting stupid or disingenuous but not obviously wrong.