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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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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"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Disraeli Despite being published six decades ago and drawing examples from dated topics, (the health risks/benefits of cigarettes ... Read full review

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Quite dated, and a bit preachy, but a valuable reminder nonetheless. The last chapter is the best of the lot, so worth powering through the rest to have the points tied together at the end. 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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Darrell Huff lives in Carmel, California.

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