Stamp’s Law

As much as this blog is about data, it is worth acknowledging that data, first, has to be collected. As data has become a more and more prominent topic in the media and more and more faith is put into data, the following quote reminds me of the chink in data’s armour:

“The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the chowkidar (village watchman in India), who just puts down what he damn pleases.” – From Wikipedia