How to Lie with Statistics

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 1993 - Business & Economics - 142 pages
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Over Half a Million Copies Sold--an Honest-to-Goodness Bestseller

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 full rather than to inform.
  

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Interesting and easy to read. - Goodreads
A very funny introduction to the misuse of statistics. - Goodreads
On the bright side, the illustrations were nice. - Goodreads
A piece of writing as practical as it is poignant. - Goodreads
I often find them dull, boring, and difficult to read. - Goodreads
A fun introduction to the art of statistics. - Goodreads

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Absolutely essential reading for every citizen. A paragraph from the introduction sums up what the author's intention was when writing this book: "This book is a sort of primer in the ways to use ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Wish I read this in college or right after. Great book about how numbers can be intentionally mis-leading. By understanding that, you can also learn to use it. One of those book recommended from a random web search. Pretty old book - written in 50s. There is probably a more recent version. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
The Sample with the Builtin Bias
11
The WellChosen Average
27
The Little Figures That Are Not There
37
Much Ado about Practically Nothing
53
The GeeWhiz Graph
60
The OneDimensional Picture
66
A Perspective on Change
153
Reaching Out to Reach In
161
Who Can Be the Helpers?
174
Bumps Along the Road
185
Caught Between Symptom and Attachment
198
Moving Backwards to Recovery
211
Achieving Genuine Communication with Others
225
Analyzing and Confronting the Past
238

The Semiattached Figure
74
Post Hoc Rides Again
87
How to Statisticulate
100
How to Talk Back to a Statistic
122
Incest and Other Childhood Abuse Fusing Pain with Security 138
138
TOWARD RECOVERY
151
Epilogue
253
Recommended Readings on SelfMutilation
255
Other Resources
257
Index
259
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Darrell Huff lives in Carmel, California.

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