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Lying with averages


We can do better than percentile latencies |, this amazing animation:


Every one of those has the same mean and standard deviation in both X and Y!

Read the linked paper for details, but this is by far the best visual education I’ve ever seen for why you absolutely cannot trust summary statistics.

By Paul Hubbard

Computer engineer from San Diego. Obsessed with hardware, software, timekeeping and elegance.

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