Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Scary Statistic of the Day

[Via Reason]: In which the good professor Volokh conclusively demonstrates that ice cream consumption causes rape!

Professor Volokh used 2000 data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports, and 2000 data from the international Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Facts publication; the correlation was 0.84, which is very high (1 would be a perfect correlation and 0 would be no correlation at all) and statistically significant. Unfortunately, data on monthly ice cream consumption was unavailable, but ice cream production data seems likely to be a good rough proxy for ice cream consumption. For the spreadsheet containing this data — The Volokh Conspiracy is a stickler for openness in research — see here.
Hey, a correlation of 0.84 is pretty strong, so who are we to question this finding? Let's stop messing about trying to satisfy a few "skeptics" who insist on asking for more data, and get to work to have this vile product banned for the sake of the wellbeing of our womenfolk! What do you mean "you aren't convinced?" Why are you such a woman-hater?