Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm a Survivor

In statistical stuff most people are taught to pay attention to Survivorship bias which is an error done mostly in an unconscious way (like you compare youself only to a select few neighbors forgetting the fact that only a select few could actually afford housing in that zip code of yours).It takes concrete empricial data or extremely good math to remove that bias when making comparisions.

Here's an interesting factoid that has made its share of rounds on the net:

If it were possible to reduce the population of the entire world to 100 inhabitants, maintaining the proportions of people which currently exist in the world, it would be made up as follows:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 Americans (North, Central and South)
8 Africans

52 would be women
48 men

70 non-white
30 white

89 would be heterosexual
11 homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the world’s wealth
80 would dwell in inhabitable housing
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would have a computer
1 (yes, just one) would have a university degree

And consider this: if you are more healthy than sick, you are luckier than a million people who will not see next week. If you never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of prison, the agony of torture, the pain of hunger, you are luckier than 500 million of the world’s inhabitants.

If you have food in the fridge, clothes in your closet, a roof over your head, a place to sleep, then consider yourself richer than 75% of the world’s inhabitants.

If you have money in the bank, a wallet or some loose change lying around somewhere, consider yourself among those with the best quality of life in the world.

Tell me arent you feeling lucky?


Anonymous said...

how can just 1 fellow have a university degree? a univ will be established provided there is a need for one. also, how will somebody graduate from a univ when there is nobody who is more qualified to teach that guy

Paddy said...

[Anon] You missed the point "If it were possible to reduce the population of the entire world to 100 inhabitants"

You know its not possible which means 1% of the population of the world has the university degree. Assuming 6+ billion people that a plenty of people to educate and create some "schooling" institutes to hogwash the masses :)