“I don’t care about the data …”

Attending a recent workshop on data visualization, the discussion after a presentation on a graphical display technique to visualize a particular type of data (sorry for not being more precise here, but the presenter would not like to be identified too easily) led to the quote of the speaker:

“I don’t care about the data, I am just interested in the method …”
which sparked a hefty discussion whether or not this can possibly be an answer a statistician is allowed to give – I would say “no”; what do you think ..?

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