Friday, March 21, 2008

You have been randomly selected...

I received an e-mail that proclaims I have been randomly selected to have my trial brief picked apart by my peers...I am pretty sure I am respectfully declining this honor.
But this brings up an interesting was this random selection done?
It is already been proven that this professor miserably failed math (may I bring up the "bell curve" she managed to fit our grades under), so her use of the concept of random selection by her must be viewed suspiciously. Did she run a random number generator to choose which student, were darts thrown or dice rolled? How many students were included in the pot to choose from: all of us, those who ended up under or over a certain grade, students she feels the need to further torment? Did she include students from all her sections or just ours? And on that note, I will include that the e-mail stated that use of the paper would be done anonymously. Our class only has 16 people in it. If she is not including all her sections, then I will concede that the chances of me being selected are greatly increased, but the chances of my classmates figuring out it was my paper it as well. And the fact that only half of the class argued each side makes it even easier to figure out whose paper it is.
Furthermore, although to the class the paper will be presented anonymously, she will still know the identity of the writer, biasing her analysis of the writing and possibly crushing the writers fragile ego in the process (which may be her plan any-who, as the probability of this being a random selection is basically nonexistent).
So until I have been proved otherwise, possibly by actually demonstrating proper understanding of the concept of how numbers create a bell curve and what one actually looks like with values put into it, as well as using only those values outlined by, lets say, the school's grading method, I will refrain from accepting statistically derived anything from anyone using this email server, outliers will be rejected as such and exempt from the non-acceptance:) (and if that word stumps you, OUTLIER, see, you should have paid attention in High School Math, you did need it after you graduated!)

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