How to Lie with Statistics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1954 - 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
I often find them dull, boring, and difficult to read. - Goodreads
A piece of writing as practical as it is poignant. - Goodreads
A fun introduction to the art of statistics. - Goodreads

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User Review  - John Esterly - Goodreads

I hate to be so negative about a book, but this one is almost unreadable. I diligently read the first two chapters, then paged through the rest. It was written in the 1950s, so much of the data ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vish Wam - Goodreads

Pros: A revelation that could bring the common man out of mass media's misguiding bluffs. Illustrations and case reports are hilarious. A must read for every man, the scientist and the layman alike ... 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
Copyright

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About the author (1954)

Darrell Huff lives in Carmel, California.

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