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Jun 25, 2009

Once is Luck. Hugh O'Neill on Confidence Levels

Once is luck.
Twice is coincidence.
Three times is a system.

UNC business professor Hugh O'Neill told me this in 1996.  We were talking about confidence levels for a cause-and-effect business hypothesis.  It also applies elsewhere.

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Comments

Variation:

Once is happenstance
Twice is coincidence
Three times is enemy action

Posted by: Barry Campbell | Jun 25, 2009 12:48:35 PM

Damn, I wanted to quote "Auric Goldfinger" / Ian Fleming, but Barry beat me to it.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jun 25, 2009 2:29:38 PM