may sing to tune of 1980 Eddie Schwartz’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”(#9 hit for Pat Benatar)
appears on page 22 of the Spring 2011 issue of Teaching Statistics
Well you’re a real tough cookie in statistics class,
Doin’ just average enough to pass.
That’s OK, just don’t fit a line
‘Til you view the data you’re assigned!
CHORUS: Hit me with your best plot!
Why don’t you hit me with your best plot?
Hit me with your best plot – graph away!
Come on, you know graphs gotta look fair--
Like pictogram areas showin’ their share.
Let zero be where the y-axis starts
And don’t have a graph with unlabeled parts! (Repeat Chorus)
Temperature data held a clue:
Cold could mean trouble if the Challenger flew--
But they did the launch and an O-ring blew.
Don’t let disaster happen to you! (Repeat Chorus)
I wrote the following new third verse just in time for the
banquet of the 2013 United States Conference on Teaching Statistics:
Well Hans Rosling took our long history
And animated data so we could see
What’s a trend or a special case
As nations move through time and space!