Why don't you tell us what you really feel?

by Bill Cable
on 2018-08-22, 07:05:44

So yeah... Facebook.

Last week an image popped up on my news feed from the Star Wars Fans group. I joined that group so I could promote the PSWCS.org charity medallions to a wider audience. Otherwise I barely pay attention to it. But this image was an analysis of Star Wars box office under Disney that I immediately saw as badly flawed.

And I cannot abide badly flawed data.

That's one of my strongest peeves. I am a mathematician at heart (and by degree), and when I see a statistical analysis that's obviously faulty, I feel an unrelenting compulsion to set it right.

Here's the initial post:

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So who see's what's wrong with that? It shows Star Wars as a $2.8 billion loser for Disney. That's just laughably wrong, because it compares the initial investment in the rights against only box office and home video receipts.

But Disney didn't only pay for theatrical rights. They also paid for... merchandising!

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So - I pointed out the glaring flaw in the logic. Does the poster gratefully accept my feedback? No he does not. And it gradually unfolds that the poster didn't actually care about any of the data he was posting. He had an ulterior motive for posting. I'll let you get around to it yourself by reading the rest of the messages below.

I post these without obscuring the poster's identity because he posted these messages in a group with over 47,000 members. I'm not in the business of outing private messages, but public messages are fair game.

Read on to the not so surprising ending!

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