David Brooks, the lone conservative columnist at the New York Times had a piece yesterday on data. The gist of it was that some things data can’t do. I am a fan of data, and it’s his second column lately, but this one has garnered negative reactions across the web.
– Andrew Gelman is happy that he’s part of the establishment that deserves rebelling
– And posts again at The Monkey Cage, this time quoting Bill James that, “the alternative to ‘good statistics’ is not ‘no statistics’, it’s ‘bad statistics’.”
– Closer to home, Paul Krugman says Brooks makes some good points but argues the fault is in us, not the data.
Really fascinating stuff — take a look!