Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data

Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data

by Joel Best
     
 

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Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? 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

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Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? 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.

This new edition contains revised benchmark statistics, updated resources, and a new section on the rhetorical uses of statistics, complete with new problems to be spotted and new examples illustrating those problems. Joel Best’s best seller exposes questionable uses of statistics and guides the reader toward becoming a more critical, savvy consumer of news, information, and data.

Entertaining, informative, and concise, Stat-Spotting takes a commonsense approach to understanding data and doesn't require advanced math or statistics.

Editorial Reviews

Numeracy - Joe Swingle

“An ideal guide for anyone who reads a newspaper, watches television, or surfs the Web. In short, everyone.”
Nacada Journal

“Offers an eye-opening field guide to identifying problematic data and concludes by calling for better statistics.”
From the Publisher
"An ideal guide for anyone who reads a newspaper, watches television, or surfs the Web. In short, everyone."--Numeracy

"Offers an eye-opening field guide to identifying problematic data and concludes by calling for better statistics."--Nacada Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520279988
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated and Expanded
Pages:
158
Sales rank:
908,949
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher
"An ideal guide for anyone who reads a newspaper, watches television, or surfs the Web.
In short, everyone."—Numeracy

"Offers an eye-opening field guide to identifying problematic data and concludes by calling for better statistics."—Nacada Journal

Meet the Author


Joel Best is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Among his many books are Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads, More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues, and Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists, all from UC Press.

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