so i am trying to analyze this article and determine if it is the right application of statistisc or if there a better explanation of the data.
the article reads..
"People with initials such as ACE, JOY or GOD are likely to live longer than those whose names spell out words like APE, MAD or RAT, a study suggests. The study, done by researchers from the Univ. of California at San Diego, looked at thousands of death certificates of people who died in California from 1969 through 1997.
The study found 11 "good" sets of initials and 19 "bad" ones... All in all, men with WINing initials lived 4.48 years longer than a control group of people with neutral or ambiguous monograms, while DUDs, BUGs and such died an average of 2.8 years earlier than a control group."
It just seems this is a wrong application of statistics since the number of death certificates looked at were not mentioned and there is overall not enough data.
any thoughts or theories if this is the right application of statistics?