Stat-spotting: a field guide to identifying dubious data

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Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even the most respected publications present numbers that are miscalculated, misinterpreted, hyped, or simply misleading. Following on the heels of his highly acclaimedDamned Lies and Statistics and More Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best now offers this practical field guide to help everyone identify questionable statistics. Entertaining, informative, and concise,Stat-Spotting is essential reading for people who want to be more savvy and critical consumers of news and information.Stat-Spotting features:* Pertinent examples from today's news, including the number of deaths reported in Iraq, the threat of secondhand smoke, the increase in the number of overweight Americans, and many more* A commonsense approach that doesn't require advanced math or statistics
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table_of_contents Acknowledgments --, Afterword : If you had no idea things were that bad, they probably aren't --, Averages --, Background --, Better data : some characteristics --, Big round numbers --, Blunders --, Botched translations --, Broad definitions --, Careless calculations --, Causality debates --, Changing definitions --, Convenient time frames --, Correlations --, Creating measures --, Definitions : what did they count? --, Discoveries --, Epidemics --, Equality debates --, Expanding definitions --, Getting started --, Hyperbole --, Impressive formats --, Index., Loaded questions --, Measurements : how did they count? --, Misleading graphs --, Misleading samples --, Naming the problem --, Notes --, Odd units of analysis --, Packaging : what are they telling us? --, Peculiar percentages --, Policy debates --, Raising the bar --, Selective comparisons --, Severity and frequency --, Shocking claims --, Sources : who counted - and why? --, Spotting questionable numbers --, Stat-spotting on your own --, Statistical benchmarks --, Statistical milestones --, Suggestions for those who want to continue stat-spotting --, Summary : Common signs of dubious data --, Technical measures --, Varieties of dubious data --, slippery decimal point --, uncounted --
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title Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data
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title_sort stat-spotting a field guide to identifying dubious data
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