(名詞) 殭屍統計數字 － 儘管經常遭到駁斥但仍繼續重複的假統計數字、錯誤或誤導的統計數字。亦寫成或叫做 zombie stat 或 zombie fact。
“This is a zombie fact, and it never dies,” said Agnes Quisumbing, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
—Glenn Kessler, “The zombie statistic about women’s share of income and property,” The Washington Post, March 3, 2015
A statistic commonly used when referring to the brain drain is that 350,000 Canadians live in Silicon Valley. However, Dan Munro, a principal research associate in public policy at the Conference Board of Canada, recently researched the number and found through U.S. community surveys and the census that there are no more than 25,000 Canadians living there.
Mr. Munro called the 350,000 figure a “zombie statistic. … It just won’t die,” he said.
—Jane Taber, “There should be consequences for Ontario grads leaving Canada: CEOs,” The Globe and Mail, June 23, 2016