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Re: oops actually, no. But he's right on the money. Techically, about 50% of the population has a double digit IQ (how else could you explain republicans, the religious right, and creationists.  Stick it to the MAN. Support your local torrent sites. Proudly providing 100mb of upstream for all your TV, Movie, and MP3 needs. 

Ahrenl join:20041026 North Andover, MA  Actually an IQ number is an abstract concept where 100 was set to be the average. So EXACTLY 50% of the population SHOULD have double digit IQ's, otherwise 100 needs to be adjusted so that is true. 

 reply to karlmarx
said by karlmarx:actually, no. But he's right on the money. Techically, about 50% of the population has a double digit IQ (how else could you explain republicans, the religious right, and creationists. Whereas single digit IQs must explain Democrats. You started it. And left a wide opening. 

 reply to Ahrenl
Actually, no. •Some people have an IQ of exactly 100. Take this hypothetical group of IQs of 10 people: two: 110 six: 100 two: 90
This group has a mean IQ of 100, but only 2/10 people have a twodigit IQ.
•Variation may not be consistent in both directions. Take this hypothetical group of IQs of 10 people: three: 110 six: 100 one: 70
This group has a mean IQ of 100, but three are above, six are exactly 100, and only one is below the mean(and only that one has a twodigit IQ).



 reply to dentman42
Booya! LOL 

chotty join:20040712 Birmingham, AL  reply to karlmarx
Or... on the other hand, how else could you explain Political Correctness, Defeatism, SelfHatred, Group Think, The Elitist Thought Police, The ACLU or Marxistlite Millionaires who know what's best for all and feel the pain of the oppressed? ... (just as long as they don't have to live next to them). 

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said by dentman42:Whereas single digit IQs must explain Democrats. And dectuple deficits come from Republicans, along with quintuple deaths in Iraq. The power of numbers.... 

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Actually, measured (by some test standard) intelligence of large groups fits the Normal distribution. The results are scaled so that the mean is 100 and the standard deviation is 15. In order for even the range between 70 and 130 to have meaning, thousands of samples are required. In this real case, half the population have an IQ of 100 or less, by definition.
The wider extremes are more difficult to evaluate. For example, Marilyn vos Savant's purported IQ of 190 or thereabouts is six standard deviations above the mean. There aren't enough samples tested by any standard test to establish that value from the test population. I suspect her IQ was extrapolated by scaling MENSA test results from its members IQ distribution.
kirby 

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Karl Marked, properly owned on this occasion. 

calvoiper join:20030331 Belvedere Tiburon, CA  reply to grcore
said by grcore:...And dectuple deficits come from Republicans, along with quintuple deaths in Iraq. The power of numbers.... Yes, but numbers must be normalized and standardized. When recent deficits are adjusted for inflation and standardized as a percentage of GNP, they aren't outliers as so many would love the public to believe.... calvoiper  VoIPthe death knell of remaining voice monopolies! 

Ahrenl join:20041026 North Andover, MA 1 edit  reply to grafenberg
With very large sample sets, I believe, a normal distribution is achieved. So if you're just talking about the people in the room with you, then I agree, but if you're talking about 300m people, then that doesn't apply.
Edit: didn't see that someone had already reply'd with basically this same idea. 
