Can someone please explain what's going on here?

Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 12:55 pm
According to this website, http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_104.20.asp, only 40% of people between the ages of 25 and 29 have a Bachelor's Degree as of 2013. According to this website, http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_326.10.asp, only 43% of people get a Bachelor's Degree in 4 years after starting college, while only 60% of people get a Bachelor's Degree in 6 years after starting college. This means that of the people who go to college, only 60% of them graduate, while 43% of that 60% graduate in 4 years. 43/60 is about 0.72, so that means, only 72% of the people with Bachelor's Degrees got them in 4 years, by age 21 or 22. Since, according to the first website, only 40% of people have Bachelor's Degrees, and 72% of 40% is about 29%, only 29% percent of people should have their Bachelor's Degrees by 21 or 22. However, almost everyone I know has had a Bachelor's Degree since they were 21 or 22, or is in the process of getting a Bachelor's degree by 21 or 22. And it's not just people I know. I'll look up random strangers on facebook, and they've also had Bachelor's Degrees since they were 21 or 22(or will). I don't understand this.
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 01:08 pm
On a brief reading of your post, you make a couple of mathematical errors. For example you are implying that no one graduates 7 or 8 years after starting college.

But your biggest error is a sampling error. You start off with "everyone I know" which you seem to realize is not a valid sample. But then you continue with "random strangers on facebook"...

What makes you think that your "random strangers" on facebook was a representative sample?

(I just looked it up, and apparently just over 30% of Americans 25 and older have at least a Bachelor's degree).
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 01:09 pm
What's going on is that you keep making the same damned topics over and over again, about this same so-called observation of yours. And now you are making a new account, too.


You got a lot of good answers, all three times.

What is going on is that, for some bizarre reason, you seem to think that the fourth time is the charm.
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 01:48 pm
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 02:23 pm
Other Car's a Daimler?
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 02:38 pm
Sometimes I think people don't know how to find their own topics. This may or may not be one of those cases.
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 06:32 pm
What has happened here provides conclusive evidence that 50% of the population has less than average IQ.
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 08:09 pm
That is not necessarily true, mathematically speaking.
Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 08:14 pm
I just checked the data. Research suggests that more than half of the people have above average intelligence.
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Reply Wed 8 Jul, 2015 08:49 pm
Actually, it's CDO if properly done in alphabetical order.

Stands for Compulsive Disorder Obsessive.

No idea why it is labeled "Disorder".
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