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How numbers lie : a consumer's guide to the fine art of numerical deception

Author: Richard P Runyon
Publisher: Lexington, Mass. : Lewis Pub. Co. ; Brattleboro, Vt. : Distributed by S. Greene Press, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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It has been said that statistics can be used to prove anything-- and sometimes to prove both sides of the same argument. It all depends on how you interpret and apply information. Runyon looks at the ways that statistics can be made to mislead you in polls, test scores, advertising, government statistics, and medical statistics. Then he arms you against those who use numbers as a weapon.
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Runyon, Richard P.
How numbers lie.
Lexington, Mass. : Lewis Pub. Co. ; Brattleboro, Vt. : distributed by S. Greene Press, ©1981
(OCoLC)655239267
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard P Runyon
ISBN: 0866160000 9780866160001 0866160019 9780866160018
OCLC Number: 7178699
Description: viii, 182 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: From birth to the gaming tables --
One servant, many masters --
The two faces of statistics --
Graphic gullduggery --
The disembodied statistic --
Ratio, proportions, percentages, and peptic ulcers --
Percentages, proportions, politics, petroleum, and peptic ulcers --
What average is most average? --
A standard deviation is not your run-of-the-mill perversion --
We've been going together for a long time but you still don't turn me on --
Giving the business: computer crime --
The joy of dying: statistics and health --
You can prove nothing safe.
Responsibility: by Richard P. Runyon ; illustrations by Frank Corbie.

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It has been said that statistics can be used to prove anything-- and sometimes to prove both sides of the same argument. It all depends on how you interpret and apply information. Runyon looks at the ways that statistics can be made to mislead you in polls, test scores, advertising, government statistics, and medical statistics. Then he arms you against those who use numbers as a weapon.

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