The Everydata of Tyops (Whoops!)

Source: techslides.com

Source: techslides.com

In a fun article by Jennifer M Wood at Mental Floss, the value of some very costly typos (10, to be exact) is described.  You can see the list here, which includes everything from leaving out the "not" in one of the 10 Commandments (think adultery) to misprinting rate increase maps on the NY Subway.

In our book, we talk about thinking about data more broadly than just statistics and numbers, but the plethora of information around us.  One of our favorite examples is about a mistake involving the stock ticker NEST.  You'll have to check out the book to learn more--it is in the chapter on misrepresentation of data.

TEASER ALERT: Something else caught our EVERYDATA eye in the Mental Floss story, a reference to an article about the potential cost of typos generating google ads revenue.   An eye-popping $497 million dollar number and a back of the envelope calculation lead to an EVERYDATA investigation...More on that in part II later this week...