Saturday, January 03, 2015

Useless data

(View interactive original at The Atlantic here)
(htp: Barry Ritholtz)

The above is a map correlating US military enlistment rates per capita by zip code. The note below it comments on the wide disparity in the rates, e.g. "in 2010, only 0.04 percent of the Upper East Side of Manhattan (zip code prefix 101) enlisted."

Looking up that area, we find that "the neighborhood contains the greatest concentration of individual wealth in Manhattan" and "the female-male ratio was very high with 125 females for 100 males."

Unless you factor-in age, gender, income, education, local employment opportunities etc you are wasting your time. More importantly, our time.



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