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Jonathan Taylor backs down again on Venezuelan referendum results

Jonathan Taylor, Stanford University statistics expert and advisor of The Carter Center, Monday backed down again in his web page, saying that his statements on the possibility that a vote fraud took place in the August 15 recall referendum on President Hugo Chávez "were misinterpreted." He added that he shares the view of Professor Avi Rubin, from John Hopkins University, who claims that the results (and the numeric coincidences) do not evidence a vote fraud.
 
Meanwhile, Venezuelan engineer Jorge Rodríguez -who, together with a group of Venezuelans residing in the United States, is studying numeric coincidences in the election results- criticized Taylor's "indecision," and reminded that the U.S. expert has made three contradictory statements as to the electoral results of the August 15 election. "First, he made a mathematical model endorsing -through The Carter Center- the electoral results the National Electoral Council (CNE) had disclosed. Second, he admitted that his original model was wrong -suggesting a possibility that a fraud was committed, though not overwhelmingly. Now, he says again that there is no evidence of fraud."
 
For Rodríguez, Taylor changed his mind again because The Carter Center official "Jennifer McCoy put pressure on him."


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