Damned lies and statistics : untangling numbers from the media, politicians, and activists / Joel Best.

"Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned L...

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Main Author: Best, Joel
Language:English
Published: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, [2012], ©2012.
Edition:Updated edition.
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Physical Description:xii, 206 pages ; 22 cm
Format: Book

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505 0 |a 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. 
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