Re: the Results are in!

From:Geoff McAuliffe

    Could the wounded/offended/upset parties please stop? Vinnie asked for opinions, he got them, he reported them. No claims as to scientific validity, promises as to hair regrowth, improved gas mileage, etc. People can draw whatever conclusions they want to. I am sure that if Vinnie had included a lengthy disclaimer someone would be on his case about that as well. Don't shoot the messenger, use the Delete key.


Cliff Berger wrote:
Actually you can't even conclude that. This opinion poll was not
conducted in accordance with modern statistical theory. Polling can't
work without random sampling. Can you tell us what the margin of error
is for your findings? I only thought that as members of a scientific
community we all should understand that the results you claim are
reliable are completely unreliable.  

I only commented on this from a scientific point of view. I have no
interest in blades.  I don't make them. I don't sell them. I don't use

Furthermore, I never said that opinions are meaningless. I only said
that the manner in which you gathered, tallied and presented the
information is meaningless.  Your 4:1 margin claim has no basis in

Cliff Berger

-----Original Message-----
From: Vinnie Della Speranza [] 
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 12:47 PM
Cc: Donna McClellan
Subject: Re: the Results are in!

you are looking for science where there can be none. I asked the list
for the preferences (which are subjective opinions) of those who have
evaluated different blades. The most that can be concluded from this
poll is that more people buy AccuEdge (by a 4:1 margin) than other
brands. Since this blade costs more, I would presume that those using it
feel that the additional cost is worth it.

Is it really your  intention  to tell those who responded to my query
that their op;inions are meaningless? All I did was count up the replies
and convert to a percent based upon the total number of responses to the

Cliff Berger <> 06/27/03 11:24AM >>>

In fairness to all the companies making blades, and to those who are
them as well,  everyone should be aware that your   <<survey>> has has
statistical merit whatsoever.   This has not been a science behind your
in completely skewed so the results are meaningless.


Geoff McAuliffe, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
voice: (732)-235-4583; fax: -4029

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