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Public Service: Visualizing a Trillion


Trillions are much in the news lately regarding the economy. Such large numbers also come up in the small probability arguments inherent in design inferences (small probabilities are reciprocals of large numbers). As a public service, I’m herewith presenting some visuals for dealing with large numbers:

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The late Sen. Everett Dirksen once famously said
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.
Taking inflation into account since he said this, perhaps billion ought to be changed to trillion. DonaldM
I wonder if those who whined about the Reagan deficits will complain about any of this? William Wallace
Wow. A billion iPhone apps downloaded from the Apple App Store as of 4/24. Now...on to a trillion! Lutepisc
In per-capita terms, what this Admin is doing to our nation is criminal. Of course, being financed by a convited felon in France, George Soros, it does not surprise me. Soros wanta America to be weaker and his crooked billionaire wishes have been granted. Meanwhile as a pay for play scam, Soros gets IndyBank as a gift. DATCG
NPR has a nice graphic that does that here David Kellogg
Of course when dealing with the economy a better strategy is to view the numbers in per-capita terms, or better yet as a percentage of GDP. mauka

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