I was listening to a business book in my car this afternoon. A couple times it said
Numerous studies have confirmed …
and I couldn’t help but hear
Several of my peers, who share my prejudices, were also able to do a multivariate regression and select a few variables out of hundreds to confirm the prevailing wisdom.
Maybe the prevailing wisdom is right. It often is. However, I’m not very impressed by attempts to shore up prevailing wisdom with linear regression, especially in business studies.