Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data / Joel Best.

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Main Author: Best, Joel
Language:English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2008], ©2008.
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Physical Description:132 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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505 0 0 |g pt. 1.  |t Getting started --  |g A.  |t Spotting questionable numbers --  |g B.  |t Background --  |g B.1.  |t Statistical benchmarks --  |g B.2.  |t Severity and frequency --  |g pt. 2.  |t Varieties of dubious data --  |g C.  |t Blunders --  |g C.1. The  |t slippery decimal point --  |g C.2.  |t Botched translations --  |g C.3.  |t Misleading graphs --  |g C.4.  |t Careless calculations --  |g D.  |t Sources : who counted - and why? --  |g D.1.  |t Big round numbers --  |g D.2.  |t Hyperbole --  |g D.3.  |t Shocking claims --  |g D.4.  |t Naming the problem --  |g E.  |t Definitions : what did they count? --  |g E.1.  |t Broad definitions --  |g E.2.  |t Expanding definitions --  |g E.3.  |t Changing definitions --  |g E.4. The  |t uncounted --  |g F.  |t Measurements : how did they count? --  |g F.1.  |t Creating measures --  |g F.2.  |t Odd units of analysis --  |g F.3.  |t Loaded questions --  |g F.4.  |t Raising the bar --  |g F.5.  |t Technical measures -- 
505 0 0 |g G.  |t Packaging : what are they telling us? --  |g G.1.  |t Impressive formats --  |g G.2.  |t Misleading samples --  |g G.3.  |t Convenient time frames --  |g G.4.  |t Peculiar percentages --  |g G.5.  |t Selective comparisons --  |g G.6.  |t Statistical milestones --  |g G.7.  |t Averages --  |g G.8.  |t Epidemics --  |g G.9.  |t Correlations --  |g G.10.  |t Discoveries --  |g H. Debates : what if they disagree? --  |g H.1.  |t Causality debates --  |g H.2.  |t Equality debates --  |g H.3.  |t Policy debates --  |g pt. 3.  |t Stat-spotting on your own --  |g I.  |t Summary : Common signs of dubious data --  |g J.  |t Better data : some characteristics --  |g K.  |t Afterword : If you had no idea things were that bad, they probably aren't --  |g L.  |t Suggestions for those who want to continue stat-spotting --  |t Acknowledgments --  |t Notes --  |t Index. 
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