Sunday, June 01, 2008

Chart of the Day

UPDATED:

The chart of the day is from Tom Ricks in Sunday's Washington Post. It's not available on-line, which I consider an abomination. For now, here's a quote from the article; I'll ".pdf" the chart and post it Monday:
This chart shows a major improvement in the safety of driving around Iraq with the U.S. Army. In January 2007, about 1 in 5 convoys in Iraq was attacked. By the end of last year, that ratio had fallen to 1 in 33. By April, it was just 1 in 100.

MORE:

OBH in comments:
The NOFP Media Conundrum:
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Given.........C=Chances of getting attacked in Iraq

and...........N=Chances of Media Reporting News about Iraq

then

[Edited 6/6]

..........N = C*k

with k a constant.

4 comments:

OBloodyHell said...

...And yet the chances that this information will be picked up and repeated in your local paper, or on the Nightly News would be, oh,

....1 in 1000....


Says a lot when your chances of getting attacked in Iraq are *still* greater than your chances of hearing any sort of good news about it, don't it?




Hey, maybe we're onto something here:

The NOFP Media Conundrum:
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Given.........C=Chances of getting attacked in Iraq

and...........N=Chances of Media Reporting News about Iraq

then

....... C*N = k

with k a constant.


.

Carl said...

OBH:

I LOVE it.

OBloodyHell said...

Dammit, I got that backwards.


The formula would be

.......N = C*k


Argh. Fiddled with the terminology I was using (was thinking N==Good News) and inadvertently didn't adjust the formula correctly...

The obvious intended meaning is that as C goes up and down, so does N. The inverse relationship of C*N=k doesn't display that behavior, but the opposite.

DOH!!!

Prease fix.

Carl said...

Done.