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Quick! Which is bigger -- three-quarters or four-fifths? How much bigger?
Source: Pierce County Herald
H/T Dan Cody
8% of what, how many?
Math exercise: Train ABC last month had 16 riders for Train ABC to have an 8% increase how many new riders would it be?
16 riders * .08 = x (rider increase)
x = .08 / 16
x = 1.28
2) x + 16 riders = total riders
1.28 + 16 riders = 17.28 total riders
Let’s look at another way.
It's probably easier to see how this works if you use variables instead of numbers.
If your original amount is A, and the percent increase is p, then
the new amount is
A' = A(1+p)
Quick math tells us if it increased 10% it would increase 1.6 riders to 17.6%
Context is missing! Conclusions that go way beyond the numbers
Reminder - A ratio and a percentage are not the same thing. Percentages are all built from a base of 100. Ratios are simply comparisons of two numbers. "The ratio of potatoes to onions was 2-1."
Now look at these older Amtrak articles and the numbers or lack of info and to get perspective!
Amtrak Hiawatha ridership down
Ridership on Amtrak's Hiawatha service between
Hiawatha ridership declined to 738,231 for Amtrak's fiscal year ended Sept. 30, compared with 749,659 the year before. Revenue for the route grew to $13.3 million from $13.1 million.
Due in part to the renovated downtown
The arithmetic works only one way. To simply tell us 8% increase without numbers and context is misleading on purpose, there is an agenda here!
I am SHOCKED! Shocked I tell you!
On the road from the City of
- Adam Smith - Scottish philosopher and economist
Remember trains eat money every day but, of course, it was that required a non-stop diet of cash from the taxpayers!
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