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60 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 March 2008 04:08AM

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Comment author: John_Thacker 12 March 2008 10:51:34PM -1 points [-]

Or, I suppose, I would compare it to the other noted statistical paradox, whereby a famous hospital has a better survival rate for both mild and severe cases of a disease than a less-noted hospital, but a worse overall survival rate because it sees more of the worst cases. Merely because people don't understand how to do averages has little to do with them requiring an agent.