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[Joel Best] Damned Lies and Statistics Untangling Numbers from the Media Politicians and Activists [words Book] Ebook

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Damned Lies and Statistics Untangling Numbers from the Media Politicians and Activists

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 Another good book to give one a better feel for the use of statistics in popular debate The Isles experts Understanding this book does not reuire sophisticated mathematical knowledge; Best discusses the most basic and most KING easily understood forms of statistics such as percentages averages and ratesThis accessible book provides an alternative to Ty jesteś moje imię 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 The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy empowered consumer of the statistics that inundate both the social sciences and our media saturated liv Another good book to give one a better feel for the use of statistics in popular debate

Review Damned Lies and Statistics Untangling Numbers from the Media Politicians and Activists

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 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 you be critical of your interpretation of statistics which is really its most important goal critical thinking

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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 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 gathering data about the downvoting campaign that was being run against Off Topic that it is ridiculously easy to open a sockpuppet account Unless the rules have changed since then you don t even need a valid email address it literally takes one minute to log in with a fake address and post a rating I very much doubt that I am the only person who has tried thisSo how many real users are there on Goodreads meaning members who post on the site regularly I don t know but you may want to check out this Wikipedia page I was just looking at It says that there are about 20 million named accounts on Wikipedia a figure close to the one uoted for Goodreads However only about 300000 people have made a total of than 10 edits only about 30000 people make than five edits during a typical month only about 3000 people make than 100 edits during a typical monthThis page lists the Wikipedians with the highest numbers of edits If it s correct there are again only about 3000 people who have made a total of than 20000 editsObviously you can argue about all these figures They explicitly warn you to take them with a large grain of salt But the bottom line seems to be that the core Wikipedia community is in fact uite small and consists of just a few thousand members


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 don't agree on everything but I appreciate your sense of fair play hereUPDATE DEC 8 2013As Cecily points out belowGiven the number of people that said they had voted for this in the GR Choice Awards an

  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 f

  3. says:

    Statistics are constructed not discovered It is people that create statistics conseuently statistics are coloured by the worldview

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    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 th

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    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 statistics have their own agenda even if it is that their statistics be unbiased When looking at

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    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 wit

  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 biases or hide their weaknesses behind argumentsI gave it a brief re read this month when Best's traditional interviews about poisoned Halloween candy came out There isn't any poisoned Halloween candy

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    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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