Lies, Damn Lies, And Computer Glitches
from the the-computer-did-it!-it's-all-their-fault dept
It seems that a pollution study may be flawed because the researchers working on it discovered they had been relying on incorrect data due to a glitch in the software program they were using. The software was overestimating the mortality rate of people in certain areas. Considering the study was about the dangers of certain pollutants, this could really throw off the results. They don’t say how the researchers discovered the glitch – or the likelihood of similar glitches being found in other studies. I wonder if it was really a “software glitch” or (more likely) human error in either setting up the software, or in entering the data.