Spurious Correlations in Climate Science

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You know who Charles Darwin is of course but you may not have heard of his mad cousin Francis Galton who did the math for Darwin’s theory of evolution. Two of the many procedures Sir Galton came up with to help him make sense of the data are still used today and are possibly the two most widely used tools in all of statistics. They are ordinary least squares (OLS) linear regression and OLS correlation. [Soon after these amazing mathematical innovations, Sir Galton retired from the evolution business and devoted the rest of his life to making the perfect cup of tea.]

Both of these statistics are measures of a linear relationship between two variables X and Y. The linear regression coefficient B of Y against X is a measure of how much Y changes on average for a unit change in X and the linear correlation R is a…

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Bringing Home The Bacon

This is done at all levels of government and it stinks.

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The Minnesota Legislature had been arguing over a $825 million bonding bill that looked to fund all sorts of great projects all over the state. From pet projects in Brooklyn Park to Minneapolis, Rochester, Duluth, Dayton, Inver Grove Heights, Warroad (and the list goes on and on)… money is being spent like they’re printing it. $122 million was included in affordable housing money. Housing is a local issue, even though the Met Council tries to orchestrate how it looks. A large sum was given to local roads. Money was given to the Met Council to dole out in grants. Where does it end? It doesn’t matter what party is in control. They both spend money like drunken sailors, and that’s an insult to drunken sailors. How do we stop this? Where are the elected representatives with any sense of principles or responsibility to their constituents’ money? Does it even matter…

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