Survivorship Bias

Abraham Wald
Abraham Wald

Abraham Wald is the mathematician who took one look at the charts showing where planes getting back from missions had been damaged, and realized that the parts that needed extra protection were the undamaged areas.

Great article (from 2013) on “survivorship bias”, including the Abraham Wald story and quotes from Mike Johnston’s The Online Photographer, here.

Note to self: maybe I should keep track of David McRaney.

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