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Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to fool rather than inform.
|1||The Sample with the Built-in Bias||11|
|2||The Well-Chosen Average||27|
|3||The Little Figures That Are Not There||37|
|4||Much Ado about Practically Nothing||53|
|5||The Gee-Whiz Graph||60|
|6||The One-Dimensional Picture||66|
|7||The Semiattached Figure||74|
|8||Post Hoc Rides Again||87|
|9||How to Statisticulate||100|
|10||How to Talk Back to a Statistic||122|
Posted August 15, 2007
I had hesitations on reading this book. Not only was it about math, it was also a required reading for my AP statistics class. I was surprised when I finished that I enjoyed the book. It was well written and gave insight to look at numbers deeper than just a bunch a figures. It was humorous and very informing. A great read for anyone taking a statistics class or who needs help to look beyond the numbers written on the page.
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Posted January 26, 2010
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