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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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 acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics and More Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best now…  See more details below

Overview

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 acclaimed Damned 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.

Editorial Reviews

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"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

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520279988
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/02/2013
Edition description:
First Edition, Updated and Expanded
Pages:
158
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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