Regression Toward the Mean?

I ran across this is in a Peanuts cartoon. It is a quote from the bible though I am quoting the comic.

“…Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Is this an example of regression toward the mean?


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I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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1 Response to Regression Toward the Mean?

  1. Nick says:

    That’s an interesting question. My understanding of RTTM is that if an “extreme” observation is made, then it is highly probable that both the previous and next observations were/will be less extreme (closer to the mean). If the only options in the proverb are “humbled” and “exalted”, then I wouldn’t consider either to be an extreme case, anymore than I would the values “heads” and “tails” for a flipped coin, and I wouldn’t apply RTTM to the probability that heads should either precede or follow a tails.

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