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Bah, the thing about "ranked on a scale from one to five 'sigma'" really bugs me. It's not a scale from 1 to 5; it's a measurement of the probability of an error, and it could go up to as many sigmas as you want. 5 sigma has been arbitrarily chosen as "sure enough", but it could have easily been 6 sigma, or 4 sigma, or 9 sigma, or whatever. Blech.

Starcrash: I think it might be a Britishism, but I think the gist is just, "I'm pretty certain about this, to the point I'd bet something that I like a lot (like chocolate)." I think.

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 17:10:26 UTC | #897553