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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

How can there be a "same difference" with only two things? Wouldn't you need four or more, in even numbers?

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  • 9 years ago
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    To answer this you need to use statistics, and for statistics to be effective you need a large sample size. In other words, a lot more than four.

    If you compare two populations of data and conclude that they both have the same distribution, then you are effectively saying "same difference", even though there will be differences in the individual data points in each population. For example, if you want to see if a new medicine works better at curing hangovers, you might take a bunch of people, split them in two random groups (at least ten each), get them drunk, and then in the morning give one group a placebo and give the other group the medicine. Then ask them all how they feel. Compare the resulting data, and if there is not a significant difference in how they feel, then you can with confidence say "same difference".

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You know when that phrase comes up, I almost always have objections.

    The discussion will be like, "Do you want to go to McDonald's or Burger King?" I'll voice that today I feel like Burger King. A while later, someone comes home with the fast food, but they went to McDonald's. Then I probably will say something like, "That's not what I wanted", or "That's not what I planned on".

    The inevitable reply is, "Eh, same difference."

    NO... if the difference were the same we wouldn't have different labels for it, and the original question would be a moot point.

    I find the phrase is used most often by people who don't care, are looking to divert the actual implications, or are actually that much of a philistine.

  • !?!
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Meh, six of one, half dozen of the other...

    Source(s): Pax.
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    9 years ago

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