2016-07-13 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com. The heat is on this summer with less than four months to go before Election Day.  Math has its place in life when you need to know how much to charge, what you should be getting paid or what you should pay.  It is the way many in business keep score.  Four issues back Internet in Bloom For The Layperson, number 64 discussed websites to protect you from deceptive statistics.  For example, mean, median and mode were discussed as mathematical averages with different perspectives and outcomes pertaining to statistics and what a researcher or advertiser is trying to communicate.  Consider one definition of mean: An average calculated by adding the value of the points in a data set and dividing the sum by the number of data points.  This average is different than the median.  The median is less affected by extreme values in a data set.  It is the value half the data points fall below and the other half fall above.  The mode is the most frequently occurring value in a data set.  As one can see, means, medians and modes produce different types of average depending on the desired outcome.

In case that concept is not confusing enough, consider going to the US Census Bureau to extract needed statistics.  Visit www.census.gov and click on the various links.  The government census is primarily written for statisticians as their tables and graphs tend to include every type of data analyzed, which is accurate if you are trying to cover as much as possible, yet very frustrating if you just want an isolated statistic for your personal use, such as the national per capita income for the most recent year or the median household or family income for the most recent year.  Fear not, www.deptofnumbers.com is a gift.  This wonderful website has links that give you the specific answers you want for recent years you need, with links such as, employment, unemployment and income.  I can get statistics much faster and easier there than from the US Census online.  Sorry Uncle Sam.  Now if only www.google.com could be more like www.duckduckgo.com and stop tracking my web surfing so I stop getting pop up ads only from sites were I tend to shop!?

 

 

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