How to Lie with Statistics (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 7, 2010 - Mathematics - 144 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  - Xavier Shay - Goodreads

Nice short introduction to basic ways of misconstruing numbers such as mean/median averages, sampling bias, and correlation/causation mix ups. Plenty of examples. Not much in here if you're already ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin Cozzi - Goodreads

Not the easiest read, not because of content covered, but because so many of the examples were so dated (1920's-1950's), it caused some of the subtle points being made to be rather cryptic. Made great points otherwise, and definitely produced a few chuckles...enjoyable illustrations, as well. Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
9
The Sample with the Builtin Bias
13
The WellChosen Average
29
The Little Figures That Are Not There
39
Much Ado about Practically Nothing
55
The GeeWhiz Graph
62
The OneDimensional Picture
68
The Semiattached Figure
76
Post Hoc Rides Again
89
How to Statisticulate
102
How to Talk Back to a Statistic
124
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About the author (2010)

Darrell Huff lives in Carmel, California.

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