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The numbers game : the commonsense guide to understanding numbers in the news, in politics, and in life

Author: Michael Blastland; A W Dilnot
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Numbers saturate the news, politics, and life. The average person can use basic knowledge and common sense to put the never-ending onslaught of facts and figures in their proper place.
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Blastland; A W Dilnot
ISBN: 9781592404230 1592404235 9781592404858 1592404855
OCLC Number: 233549611
Description: xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Counting: use strawberry jam --
Size: it's personal --
Chance: the tiger that isn't --
Up and down: a man and his dog --
Averages: the white rainbow --
Performance: the whole elephant --
Risk: bring home the bacon --
Sampling: drinking from a fire hose --
Data: know the unknowns --
Shock figures: wayward tee shots --
Comparison: mind the gap --
Causation: think twice --
Last word.
Responsibility: Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot.
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Numbers saturate the news, politics, and life. The average person can use basic knowledge and common sense to put the never-ending onslaught of facts and figures in their proper place.

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