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More Damned Lies and Statistics

How Numbers Confuse Public Issues

  • Engelstalig
  • 217 pagina's
  • New edition
  • 9780520238305
  • augustus 2004
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Offers an entertaining and enlightening account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused, illustrating his points with examples of good and bad statistics and underlining the importance of critical thinking about numbers.

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Best provides us with another telling compendium of misleading statistics about a variety of topical issues. His approach to explicating them is lucid, instructive, and quite engaging. - John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy; Best has established himself as a brilliant observer of our national fads and scares. If he can deal with highly significant topics in such lucid and enjoyable prose, why can't other social scientists begin to match him? - Philip Jenkins, author of The New Anti-Catholicism; Joel Best continues to confront us with the delicious lunacy of statistical gaffes and fantasies. Whether discussing 'deaths from falling coconuts,' teenage bullying, or the likelihood of contracting breast cancer, Best teaches us to avoid the dangers of statistical illiteracy. As his cogent and comic examples from the media amply demonstrate, there is much teaching yet to be done. While we like to believe that it is our opponents who are fools with figures, this volume demonstrates that liberals, conservatives, libertarians, lawyers, physicians, and educators fall in the same numerical traps. - Gary Alan Fine, coauthor of Whispers on the Color Line

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Auteur
Joel Best
Overige betrokkenen
Kaleo Griffith
Taal
Engels
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19x219x153 mm
Gewicht
68,00 gram
Verschijningsdatum
augustus 2004
ISBN10
0520238303
ISBN13
9780520238305

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