Archive | August, 2012

Jack In The Box Tacos & Human Behavior

31 Aug

NOTE: Searching for a Mexigringo casserole I started to perfect last summer in The Valley Of The Sun exhumed this 2011 under-the-influence of MCC Summer School Monster Java statistics class blather on Jack In The Box tacos. No longer living within walking distance (20 miles) of JITB, this post then serves as both a tribute JITB’s culinary manna and a placeholder for a Casserole de Ari-Mexi-cago I am rustling up next.

Q: What does a behavioral statistics class and JITB Tacos share in common?

  1. Constants: Mentioning you either study one or eat the other is constantly met with a response of “Oh!?!” Might as well have announced your mother French kisses stray dogs. This “Oh” represents a confidence interval estimating a reasonably likely value falling somewhere between the pity and disgust of the population parameter/x-y axis/control group. With more information you can show the decision for every possible value or response.
  1. Value: If economics is then dismal science the statistics of human behavior is the abysmal science. The first values money the latter neurosis. But look: both posses value. Tacos JITB worthy of study as both economical and a kind of deep-fried Prozac. The Mysterious Mayan Meat paste filling can, in the words of Dr. Funkenstein, both soothe and remove . Though tacos cost two for one dollar and are often purchased with spare change fished off the car floor and/or mined from the ashtray there is no relation to game theory, yet JITB taco’s occasional parade along la lengua copper and Marlboro light notes.
  1. Standard Deviation: A measure of variability distinguishes one class from another. How much the quality of each JITB taco varies is best measured by accounting for location, time of day, patron flow, and the amount of perspiration which falls from the brow of the fry bin chef into the crease of each golden shell. The mercury greater than or equal to 110, the A/C on the fritz, the sweat to sauce ratio can shoot through the roof. The positive square root of this variance: a stellar pair of tacos kept warm on the hood during and through photo shoot as subsequent consumption.

  1. Robust Statistical Set: My eye caught this term combing the glossary of my statistics text prior to tonight’s exam. RSS implies assumptions not met. Likened to mysterious filling of JITB, this robust mush has been assumed to be dog, kangaroo, e-coli, and soy – even vegetarians. Not as in no meat, as in V-E-G-E-T-A-R-I-A-N-S. Moresoeverhow, the accuracy of findings of deliciousness are most significant when one spends less time assuming and more time consuming.
  1. Frequency: Statistician’s bread and butter is the study of the number of times a specified score or range of scores are obtained. Through times lean and fat, my bread and butter has been JITB tacos. I inhaled scores of them, from a pair to a dozen in a single sitting, never once tiring of their unique, sensational and comforting taste, smell and feel.

Do I really need to point out how the JITB Taco and THE NORMAL BELL CURVE are one and the same? It ain’t the tortilla Holy Virgin or Elvis, no, not unless you’re a statistician – or allergic to awesome.

HOMEWORK If 600 Jack in the Box tacos are eaten each minute or 315,360,000 tacos a year and I have eaten a median average of 4.5 a week for the last 30 years and they’ve been around for 50 years, what is the total percentage of JITB tacos I alone have eaten?

a. 24.35%

b. .05%

c. Heisenberg