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Damned lies and statistics : untangling numbers from the media, politicians, and activists

Author: Joel Best
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers advice on how to understand social statistics and how to recognize bad statistics that are sometimes put out by the media, or special interest groups; and presents analyses of a selection of bad statistics.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Best
ISBN: 0520219783 9780520219786 0520228650 9780520228658
OCLC Number: 45420385
Description: ix, 190 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: the worst social statistic ever --
The importance of social statistics --
Soft facts: sources of bad statistics --
Mutant statistics: methods for mangling numbers --
Apples and oranges: inappropriate comparisons --
Stat wars: conflicts over social statistics --
Thinking about social statistics: the critical approach.
Responsibility: Joel Best.
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