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"How to Lie with Statistics"

I've posted this book so people have an easy primer to read on how to detect the misuse and abuse of statistics both in public and private life.

How to Lie with Statistics - By Darrell Huff
"The book is a brief, breezy, illustrated volume outlining common errors, both intentional and unintentional, associated with the interpretation of statistics, and how these errors can lead to inaccurate conclusions. In the 1960s and '70s it became a standard textbook introduction to the subject of statistics for many college students. It has become one of the best-selling statistics books in history, with over one and a half million copies sold in the English-language edition, even though the monetary examples have become dated because of inflation. It has also been widely translated." (Wikipedia)

Link - Read online (1973)(1'st edition was in 1954)(Archive.org) (Amazon.com)

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yup, especially in gun politics:

Billy Johnson for NRA News: Violence

http://youtu.be/b06IHlQR_fQ
AmidsTheNoise
Published on Sep 23, 2013
Here is my first video for the NRA News.

Billy Johnson for NRA News: Domestic Violence

http://youtu.be/EKLElhxFbdc
AmidsTheNoise
Published on Sep 30, 2013

Fireside Stats Chat

http://youtu.be/HCzCJzTRtPc
AmidsTheNoise
Published on Feb 7, 2013
A comparative analysis of UK and US murder rates.

Disinfo Wars

http://youtu.be/ybBa_Ygg1rE
AmidsTheNoise
Published on Feb 17, 2013

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I hope you'll consider

editing your post to add the Amazon link. This book deserves to be on the DP Bookshelf. :)

http://www.amazon.com/How-Lie-Statistics-Darrell-Huff/dp/039...

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Is it really true that 63% of statistics are made up on the spot

???

9-11 was a panda job.

Here's a study on the reliability of scientific studies.

67.4% of of retracted studies "were attributable to misconduct"

Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

"A detailed review of all 2,047 biomedical and life-science research articles indexed by PubMed as retracted on May 3, 2012 revealed that only 21.3% of retractions were attributable to error. In contrast, 67.4% of retractions were attributable to misconduct, including fraud or suspected fraud (43.4%), duplicate publication (14.2%), and plagiarism (9.8%). Incomplete, uninformative or misleading retraction announcements have led to a previous underestimation of the role of fraud in the ongoing retraction epidemic. The percentage of scientific articles retracted because of fraud has increased ∼10-fold since 1975."
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/09/27/1212247109

Homer Simpson explained it to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmDIP3Fn2Y

otherwise it's in the book:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQA6tBYAvms

9-11 was a panda job.

"Figures often beguile me,

"Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Mark Twain

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

I read about 30% of it

couldn't be arsed with the remaining 80%