The Simpson Reversal, aka the Yule-Simpson Paradox or Simpson's Paradox, is the situation where one competitor loses in each specific test, but wins the overall competition.

My article in Decoded Science, "Detecting or Avoiding the Yule-Simpson Paradox", provides examples and explanations.

By the way, the image below goes with the image in my self-promoting article, "A Guide to the Yule-Simpson Paradox", in DeHaan Services.
"Yule Simpson Paradox for Surgery" image (c) by Mike DeHaan

A Writing Tip from my Simpson Reversal

The math of the Simpson Reversal is pretty simple, really. But, to be honest, I had to work hard to understand how it could happen in real life.

That brings me to today's writing tip.

You do have some great ideas to share, so go ahead and start your blog or write your article. But there's probably some part of it that's hard to understand. Sometimes examples are easy but the underlying principle is difficult. In other cases, like some moral issues, the foundation is straight-forward, but "the devil is in the details".

This writing tip says: take the time to wrestle through both the principle and at least one example. Different readers will find more value in one or the other of those various approaches.

Thanks for reading about the Simpson Reversal.

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