Author: Cathyby

Cathy has worked in the ICT sector, is currently studying philosophy, and will probably be pedantic for ever.

Does Ireland “top the anorexia poll”?

On Friday 2nd March 2012 the Irish Independent put out the headline “Call to ban skinny models as Ireland tops anorexia poll”. They continued, “IRELAND has the highest rates of anorexia in Europe along with Italy and Austria, the first…

Why statistics are tricky: the case of the potential house buyer

Good news about property in the Irish Independent (28th February): “Potential buyers anxious to enter property market: Daft survey”. Reading on, we see that six out of 10 potential house buyers plan to purchase in the next two years, with…

Why statistics are tricky: the case of average public sector pay.

Every month the CSO publishes a Earnings & Labour Costs report (example here). That report includes a nice graph similar to the one above, and nice figures saying what the average salary in the public sector and the average salary…

Higher electricity bills – for the frugal or for vacant properties?

Today, 27th February 2012, on the Irish Times front page, the headline “Over 100,000 face higher bills for not using enough electricity” appeared. Underneath we learned that those customers of Electricity Ireland who use an average of 2kWh or less a…