Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reversion to the Mean

From a David Ignatius column in the Post Friday:

"American politics, like most things, is a story of what statisticians describe as the reversion to the mean"

The heading of the column is "Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric will live in infamy in American history". 

I had a senior moment when I read the word "mean": instead of meaning  the noun "average" I read it as meaning "unkind".

I think both meanings apply in this particular case.

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