爱思英语编者按:Facebook对近期普林斯顿大学发布的一项有争议的研究进行了反击,该研究称到2015年,“Facebook就会像病毒传播一样”流失80%的用户。

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Facebook has hit back at a controversial Princeton study that claimed it would 'die like a virus' and lose 80% of its users by 2015.

Facebook对近期普林斯顿大学发布的一项有争议的研究进行了反击,该研究称到2015年,“Facebook就会像病毒传播一样”流失80%的用户。
 
Researchers at the social network say the study is fatally flawed - and turned it on Princeton to prove their point.
Facebook的研究员表示,这项研究完全是扯淡,还以其人之道还治其人之身了一把。
 
Using the University's own method, it found Princeton would have no students by 2021.
根据普林斯顿大学的研究方法,Facebook的研究人员得出结论,到2021年,普林斯顿大学将会门下无人
Mike Develin, Lada Adamic, and Sean Taylor, of Facebook's data team, used the same methods as the original paper to show that Princeton was facing a decline in undergraduates of 50 per cent in the next four years and would have none at all by 2021.
Facebook找来了Mike Develin、Lada Adamic 和 Sean Taylor 这三位研究者,用普林斯顿大学的研究方法,证明在未来4年里,普林斯顿大学将流失50%的学生,到2021年,普林斯顿大学将要关门。
 
'Like many of you, we were intrigued by a recent article by Princeton researchers predicting the imminent demise of Facebook,' they wrote.
Facebook的研究员们写道,“和你们大多数人一样,我们也对普林斯顿大学最近的一项研究感到好奇。这项研究竟然预测出了Facebook即将销声匿迹的结局”。
 
'Using the same robust methodology featured in the paper, we attempted to find out more about this 'Princeton University' - and you won't believe what we found!
“我们用了和普林大神们一样稳健的科学方法来对普林斯顿大学进行研究,你绝对不会相信我们得出了什么样的结论!”
 
'our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely.'
“我们的研究明确地指出,普林斯顿大学大学将命不久矣。” 
 
They also used the same logic to show the world will run out of air by 2060.
Facebook的研究者们还用同样的逻辑研究起了地球上空气的消耗情况,得出“到2060年地球上将不会剩下空气”的结论。
 
'We don’t really think Princeton or the world’s air supply is going anywhere soon,' they said. 'We love Princeton (and air).
“我们真的不希望普林斯顿大学或者是地球上的空气消失,因为我们爱普林斯顿,也爱空气。”
 
'As data scientists, we wanted to give a fun reminder that not all research is created equal – and some methods of analysis lead to pretty crazy conclusions,they said in a blog post.
研究员们在博客最后写道,“作为数据专家,我们只是想风趣地提醒大家,不是所有研究都可以用相同的方法来验证的,用某些方法得出的结论只会贻笑大方。”