How to Lie with Statistics

How to Lie with Statistics

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by Darrell Huff
     
 
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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A 1954 classic that continues to dispel false beliefs and inform the statistically naive. Huff's direct and witty style exposes how advertisers, government and the media mislead their audiences through the misuse of statistics. Huff then explains how the reader can see through the smoke and mirrors to get to the real meaning--if any--of what is presented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Management Review
“Mr. Huff's lively, human-interest treatment of the dry-as-bones subject of statistics is a timely tonic…This book needed to be written, and makes its points in an entertaining, highly readable manner.”
Atlantic
“A pleasantly subversive little book, guaranteed to undermine your faith in the almighty statistic.”
Bill Gates
“A great introduction to the use of statistics, and a great refresher for anyone who's already well versed in it.”
The New York Times
“A hilarious exploration of mathematical mendacity…. Every time you pick it up, what happens? Bang goes another illusion!”
Wall Street Journal
“In one short take after another, Huff picks apart the ways in which marketers use statistics, charts, graphics and other ways of presenting numbers to baffle and trick the public. The chapter “How to Talk Back to a Statistic” is a brilliant step-by-step guide to figuring out how someone is trying to deceive you with data.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140136296
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Darrell Huff lives in Carmel, California.

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