Confidence Interval: an Epic Poem
A squire teaches the High King statistics to overcome a crisis of confidence, at risk to his own life.
Just when the High King is at loss in whom to confide, a squire offers to solve his problems by teaching him about confidence intervals; but when the King's senior sage protests, he must learn to see what statistics can and cannot do, or the sage will have him on the gallows.
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This poem was written for Basic Research Methods and Statistics students at Amsterdam University College. For students of statistics, it's a fun way of seeing whether you have understood the concept of confidence intervals, its advantages and limitations. For Policy makers and managers, it's a timely reflection on the use of quantitative data in policy and management. For everyone, it's an epic poem with a short enjoyable adventure that will take you back to heraldic times, and help you polish your command of the English language!
"The poem is just great. What a good initiative to describe something which students usually find not so interesting in a fun way."
Jovana Karanovic, student at Amsterdam University College, at her request this poem was written.
"I'm glad I returned to read the poem more carefully. I like how it speaks to the limits of quantitative reasoning at its conclusion."
Megan Myles, exchange student at Amsterdam University College from Quest University, Canada.
"I believe the poem is great, and it is quite impressive the fact that it took you so little to write it! The language is really convincing, and I love the last paragraph, it is really a nice conclusion!"
Kalliopi Theocharidou, student at AUC.
"For the High King the courageous squire turns on the lights,
For students, statistics is elevated to epic heights"
Job Zegers, student at AUC.
- Daan van Schalkwijk, December 2012
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