Question 2: Can I see myself in the data?
* The point of asking where you fit in is to get as much context as possible.
* The axes are everything; once you change the scale, you can change the story.
Question 3: How was the data collected?
Does everyone agree on the vocabulary and definitions?
Is the size of the n=population enough for results to be significant?
Are the people who answer random or self-selected. Random selection is more accurate.
"Private companies don't have a huge interest in getting the numbers right, they just need the right numbers. Government statisticians aren't like that. In theory, at least, they're totally impartial, not least because most of them do their jobs regardless of who's in power. They're civil servants. And to do their jobs properly, they don't just speak to a couple hundred people. Those unemployment numbers I keep on referencing come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and to make their estimates, they speak to over 140,000 businesses in this country."
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