RE: Is Suicide Contagious? A Case Study in Applied Memetics

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    On 04/18/01 08:49, Vincent Campbell said this-

    >There's another reason for this apparent pattern you've not considered- that
    >these events were entirely unrelated causally, but only related by the media
    >running with a number of conincidental cases, presenting it as part of a
    >trend, and over-stating their own involvement in the events.

    Finding statistical patterns is a chancy and often errant business, and
    assuming you have a random sample is also hard. MIT just did a study of
    sickness distribution in Massachusetts that refuted the anecdotal and
    reported clusters of disease in the areas of historical industrial waste,
    finding instead that with only one exception, the distributions were all
    within chance occurance.

    Remember there is always an agenda....

    - Wade

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