Monday, October 6, 2014
I’m Not Hiram, But I'm Confused. Academic Charlotte Anne Needs Help Dealing with an Asshat.
Proffie PITA is teaching a class in Hamster Statistics (this is a class I have taught for, well, let’s call it a long ass time) and now it is her turn to learn the ropes. Today she asked me how one removes the numbers from the Y-axis for a graph (using our statistical analysis software). To which I asked why (the hell) would you want to do that? She said “The pictures of the graphs in the textbook don’t have any numbers on the Y-axis.” Yes, PITA, that is true, but those are figures to demonstrate generic graph shapes (you know, normal curve, skewed, bimodal). Real graphs need actual tea-partying numbers, otherwise they are meaningless. “But...” She says as SHE WALKS OVER TO MY DESK WITH THE BOOK OPEN (a book I have used for ten years) “...it shows here in the book...look.”
Yes, PITA, but tell me, sweetheart (and by sweetheart, I mean Asshat), if you need to make a graph where your X-value was, let’s say, 6 and your Y-value was, let’s say, 100. Where would you put to fucking dot on the fucking graph if you don’t have any NUMBERS on the Y-AXIS?????
Another question, sweet (I mean stupid) PITA, in the answer key for the homework questions where students have to make a fucking grap, are there numbers on the Y-axis? Those squiggly things next to the Y-axis sure look like numbers to me, but what the fuck do I know.
So here is my Hiram-esque confusion: How does someone get a PhD with so little understanding of a fundamental aspect of our field? How can someone live with so little common sense? And how on earth can we expect our snowflakes to ever get less flakey if some idiot tells them to leave the numbers off the graph???