Originally Posted by Chris Kress
You are least twice as likely to record a gold or platinum album if you DO NOT complete a music engineering degree..
the data speaks for itself.
data never speaks for itself, it just sits there silently, waiting with infinite patience for people to misinterpret it.
your data is neither valid, nor representative, nor statistically significant. even if it were any or all of those, it still would not support the assertion quoted above. to support your assertion, you would need to know what percentage of non-degreed engineers have made gold/platinum recordings, and what percentage of degreed engineers have made gold/platinum recordings. you would also, aside from the data, need to eliminate or disprove any spurious variables.
but you asked the wrong questions, and you used a horribly inaccurate methodology (poll).
what your data would support, if it were good data, is this: "70% of responding chief engineers for gold/platinum recordings do not have a degree in music engineering. 30% do."
the road from correlation to causation is a long and difficult one, and i'm afraid you haven't even found the on-ramp yet.