Open Letter: Why I, Kevin Kofler, am not rerunning for FESCo

Orcan Ogetbil oget.fedora at
Tue May 4 02:50:35 UTC 2010

On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:45 PM, Dave Airlie wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-05-03 at 22:37 -0400, Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
>> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM, Chris Adams wrote:
>> > Once upon a time, Orcan Ogetbil said:
>> >> The statistic talks. It doesn't only talk. It yells. Ignoring this
>> >> test statistic in favor of the large pool of imaginary users, who
>> >> supposedly think in the complete other direction, is not only
>> >> non-scientific, stupid., but also self-conflicting.
>> >
>> > You claim you have taken grad-level statistics, but you don't appear to
>> > understand how to select a sample.  A self-selected sample on a web
>> > forum (with no basis to show that forum members are representative of
>> > the Fedora user base, much less that poll responders represent even the
>> > forum users) does not lead to valid statistical results.  It doesn't
>> > matter how big the sample size is if the samples are not properly
>> > selected.
>> >
>> >
>> No, I exactly know how to select a sample. The forum based sample is
>> "the" perfect sample. It is the users who talk. It is not the
>> imaginary users, who you claim to exist. I do not care about your
>> imaginary users. I do care about those who talk. Hence the statistic
>> is significant.
> You aren't a very good statistician if you care. thats an implicit bias.

... which is far better than an imaginary bias.

PS: No, I am not a statistician. But I know about the science of
statistics to a good degree.

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