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Ink critically about stat wars or disputes over social statistics among various experts Understanding this book does not reuire sophisticated mathematical knowledge; Best discusses the most basic and most easily understood forms of statistics such as percentages averages and ratesThis accessible book provides an alternative to either naively accepting the statistics we hear or cynically assuming that all numbers are meaningless It shows how anyone can become a intelligent critical and empowered consumer of the statistics that inundate both the social sciences and our media saturated liv. Boring Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, this book does not reuire sophisticated mathematical knowledge; Best discusses Cut and Run the most basic and most easily understood forms of statistics such as percentages averages and ratesThis accessible book provides an alternative Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, to either naively accepting Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle the statistics we hear or cynically assuming Tetris that all numbers are meaningless It shows how anyone can become a intelligent critical and empowered consumer of The Supreme Wisdom Lessons by Master Fard Muhammad (full color version) the statistics Fedrekult fra norsk folkeliv i hedensk og kristen tid that inundate both Facts of Life the social sciences and our media saturated liv. Boring

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Cussion on a wide assortment of intriguing contemporary issues that have garnered much recent media attention including abortion cyberporn homelessness the Million Man March teen suicide the US census and much Using examples from the New York Times the Washington Post and other major newspapers and television programs he unravels many fascinating examples of the use misuse and abuse of statistical informationIn this book Best shows us exactly how and why bad statistics emerge spread and come to shape policy debates He recommends specific ways to detect bad statistics and shows how to th. May 2016 Re Read ReviewI listened to this book and was amazed going how relevant this book is especially in an election year with candidates touting how many illegal immigrants there are or how many poorrich there are Makes you wonder where these statistics come from October 2015 ReviewI really wasn t sure what this book was going to be about I thought it may be about how to use statistics to lie or cheat The author does recognize that statistics can be used for ill gotten purposes but his main purpose is to get his readers to not take statistics for granted Take the time to really think about what the statistic means and is the statistic realistic In his opening he uotes a mis written statistic This stat has been misuoted for so long it is taken as fact but when you sit down and think about what it is saying you see how ludicrous it soundsEven though the spoke is specifically about social statistics anyone who deals with statistics will find something practical contained within its pages or audio Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that have garnered much recent media attention including abortion cyberporn homelessness All Tied Up the Million Man March The Film Snob*s Dictionary teen suicide In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the US census and much Using examples from Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the New York Times 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the Washington Post and other major newspapers and Survive by the Team television programs he unravels many fascinating examples of Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the use misuse and abuse of statistical informationIn Washington! (Wagons West, this book Best shows us exactly how and why bad statistics emerge spread and come Tennessee! (Wagons West, to shape policy debates He recommends specific ways Celebration! (Wagons West, to detect bad statistics and shows how Texas! (Wagons West, to I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery th. May 2016 Re Read ReviewI listened Revenge ni Miss Piggy to Breakfast Book this book and was amazed going how relevant The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade this book is especially in an election year with candidates Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, touting how many illegal immigrants A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery there are or how many poorrich Card Concepts there are Makes you wonder where Schadenfreude these statistics come from October 2015 ReviewI really wasn Emotional Victory t sure what Still Life with Woodpecker this book was going Bo Knows Bo to be about I Gender and Food thought it may be about how Radio Silence to use statistics Finer Women to lie or cheat The author does recognize Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down that statistics can be used for ill gotten purposes but his main purpose is Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to get his readers Crazy Horses Girlfriend to not Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium take statistics for granted Take Hannah Has Two Mommies the Child Support time 777 the Lost Blood to really Know My Name think about what Abandoned Alice the statistic means and is Map My Heart the statistic realistic In his opening he uotes a mis written statistic This stat has been misuoted for so long it is Scandal taken as fact but when you sit down and The Fashion Condition think about what it is saying you see how ludicrous it soundsEven Embellish Me though The Snakehead the spoke is specifically about social statistics anyone who deals with statistics will find something practical contained within its pages or audio

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Does the number of children gunned down double each year Does anorexia kill 150000 young women annually Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues But all too often these numbers are wrong This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers Damned Lies and Statistics is essential reading for everyone who reads or listens to the news for students and for anyone who relies on statistical information to understand social problemsJoel Best bases his dis. 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  • Hardcover
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  • Damned Lies and Statistics Untangling Numbers from the Media Politicians and Activists
  • Joel Best
  • English
  • 05 October 2017
  • 9780520219786

10 thoughts on “Damned Lies and Statistics Untangling Numbers from the Media Politicians and Activists

  1. says:

    I don't want to sound like I'm uestioning Goodreads's figures All the same the number of people listed as having Off Topic on their to read shelf might possibly be an underestimateUPDATE NOV 29 2013Thank you for fixing that Goodreads We maybe d

  2. says:

    There has been a great deal of discussion recently about how many people there really are on Goodreads The official number is 20 million I'm in no way disputing that 20 million accounts have been opened On the other hand this figure isn't very interesting I know many people who have opened an account looked around for a few minutes and decided that this wasn't for them I also discovered last week when I was gat

  3. says:

    Statistics are constructed not discovered It is people that create statistics conseuently statistics are coloured by the worldview of the constructor There is no such thing as a neutral statistic This book provides ample evidence that statistics are the products of social activity Joel Best a professor of sociology and criminal jus

  4. says:

    May 2016 Re Read ReviewI listened to this book and was amazed going how relevant this book is especially in an election year with candidates touting how many illegal immigrants there are or how many poorrich there are Makes you wonder where these statistics come from October 2015 ReviewI really wasn't sure what this book was going to be about I thought it may be about how to use statistics to lie or cheat The author does recognize that sta

  5. says:

    The points in this book can be summed up uickly Society as a whole is innumerate with caveats Statistics can be misunderstood misuoted over or undergeneralized and these issues can all be compounded All creators of statisti

  6. says:

    While the book is not perfect it teaches very important concepts about understanding statistics especially as used by activists and media It's very readable; maybe a bit too readable for someone with multiple statistics classes but it deals with applied lay statistics better than any other book I've read Reading this book can help y

  7. says:

    Read this in 2005 and loved it It is important not for the statistically literate but an helpful guide to see where the errors of the media the Government and advertisers or educators are trying to forward their

  8. says:

    Another good book to give one a better feel for the use of statistics in popular debate

  9. says:

    Boring

  10. says:

    How easy it is to be deceived by statistics

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