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May 22, 2010

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Prescriptivist grammar experts should run screaming from the room right now: it will save time and avoid disturbing other readers.

It is important to be clear that data is a collection of individual datums. People who say that data are collections of individual data points are just confused.

Seriously, I agree that data has to be ABOUT something. I think there are (imagined) circumstances under which you could truthfully say "we had no data on the potential for long term poluution underwater cities until we realized that our existing measurements of ocean salinity were relevant"

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