# Statistical construction error

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Yes, the title is meant to have two readings.

## The effect

**The Numbers Guy**, among other examples, talks about the UK Office for National Statistics needing to revise its estimate for the construction sector output because of an error.

Original: 2.3% growth

Corrected: 0.5% growth

Here is the **Telegraph** article cited by **The Numbers Guy.**

## The cause

The spreadsheet that is used to calculate the statistic was not updated properly.

## Questions

Have they not read “Spreadsheet Addiction”?

Why are they not using R?

Does this scare anybody else?

## Epilogue

Who would take the repercussions when the bottle is to blame?

from “Down the Mountain” by Robin E. Contreras

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