Saturday, October 30, 2004

Lancet: Between 8,000 and 194,000 Iraqi War Dead. Thats Helpful.

Fred Kaplan splits open the much hyped Lancet study and reveals the sloppy and vague inner details.

Here's the Lancet quote:

"We estimate there were 98,000 extra deaths (95% CI 8000-194 000) during the post-war period."

Kaplan translates for those of us who slept through stats class.

"It means that the authors are 95 percent confident that the war-caused deaths totaled some number between 8,000 and 194,000."

Gee thanks. That's a big help. I could have guessed that for free and saved them the cost of the study. Dumbasses.

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