Big Boxes & Small Sample Sizes

My background in Mathematics means that I know that extrapolating from small sample sizes results in statistically unreliable results. If I flip a coin four times and it comes up heads three times, I should not infer that eighty flips will give me sixty heads.

I should not suggest that the number of delivery vans on the road would be reduced by a factor of ten if firms packed their goods in suitable sized containers. Based on a sample size of exactly one, however, it would seem that some companies should buy smaller packing boxes, or just use padded envelopes. See below for water filter and the box in which it was delivered.


Published in: on 15 January, 2013 at 7:00  Leave a Comment  

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