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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] [QUOTE]Originally posted by glassman: [qb] [b]Just gotta twist the numbers some. [/b] thats' the easiest way to describe what i do too... avg. up a little on one, avg down a little on the other, et voila... ez to get it close.... just don't avg to far either way... [/qb][/QUOTE]_____ There is a name for the procedure which you have just described. It is called estimation. There is nothing wrong with estimation. There is a time and a place for estimation. The Munchkin Man can see how it could be a very valuable tool for traders. It can help you determine if the exact answer you have just worked out is "reasonable." It can come in handy in situations when an exact answer is not always needed in a limited period of time. The Munchkin Man even used to teach the skill of estimation in those contexts and settings where it is appropriate. On the other hand, the Munchkin Man believes that estimation is given far too much time and exposure in today's elementary and middle school curriculums. Many of today's mathematics textbooks on the elementary and middle school level devote entire chapters to estimation. This is ridiculous. Estimation is no substitute for deriving the exact answer. The liberal educrats love the subject of estimation. It allows many kids to pass mathematics who would be unable to do so if exact answers were required more often. This gives kids a false and phony sense of self-esteem. To many liberal educrats, self-esteem is what it is all about. The exact answer is always a superior answer to one which is merely estimated. The exact answer has a higher standard of correctness than one which is merely estimated. The day will come when the Munchkin Man will be writing his own mathematics textbooks. When he does so, the Munchkin Man is only going to devote a cursory page or two on the subject of estimation at the very end of a limited number of selected chapters. The excessive emphasis which is given to the subject of estimation today is a reflection of the dumbed down standards which have lowered the performance standards of American students in comparison to students from other countries. Mr. Bdgee would do well to read the latest TIMMS Report. The Munchkin Man would otherwise be glad to provide a link. However, Mr. Bdgee has rejected every single link the Munchkin Man has given him thus far. Only the sands of time will take care of those who keep their heads buried into the sand. Best Wishes, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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