It's not that the statistics fail. It's that they often get misused. But
if a competent engineer or scientist can figure out that failure by looking
at the data, then it's not that the statistics failed, but they were
misapplied, or accurate but irrelevant.
Bill Gates walks into a bar and a patron says to his buddy,
"Congratulations. We're all rich." His buddy asks him why, and he
responds, "The average person in this bar is now worth over a billion
dollars." His statement is true statistically, but irrelevant. In a case
like this, the relevant type of average would be the median and not the
mean. A statistician could figure that out easily, and it should be obvious
to everybody anyway. It's not that the statistics were wrong, but they were
In a properly done study, they most likely would. One would have to look
into other factors such as whether there were significant differences based
on nation or region or prevalence of air conditioning in those regions
compared to where you live. If the study was done properly, then it's
reasonable to assume that it will reflect the tastes of a typical person.
But I'm not the OP and I didn't read the study.
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