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Steven Joel Hirsch Samuels <sjhsamuels@earthlink.net> |

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Re: st: new problem with table display |

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Wed, 31 Oct 2007 10:22:29 -0400 |

I agree with Maarten on this. When I present estimated totals, I don't ordinarily use scientific notation, but I do round to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000,... depending on the size of the standard error. I want the readers to see that the numbers are estimates.

-Steven

On Oct 31, 2007, at 8:15 AM, Maarten buis wrote:

--- Richard Ohrvall <richard.ohrvall@gmail.com> wrote:Sometimes we have to conform to the prevailing practice in ourRegarding Maartens comment, well I disagree, I often have weights calibrated to known population totals (eg. from a census). It therefore makes sense to have the exact population total in tables instead of a scientific notation with rounded figures. Of course these figures are usually a bit uncertain, but they are often treated as certain (eg. the population in the Netherlands at a certain date) and consistency in this aspect can help to avoid confusion.

discipline, but that does not mean we have to forget that that practice

is actually bad practice. Reporting numbers we know are nothing more

than random noise seems like bad practice to me.

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**References**:**Re: st: new problem with table display***From:*Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>

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