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Damned Lies and Statistics

Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

by Joel Best

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Published by University of California Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Public opinion & polls,
  • Social research & statistics,
  • Sociology,
  • Social Science,
  • Statistics,
  • Social Science / Sociology / General,
  • Social problems,
  • Social indicators,
  • Statistical methods

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages196
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL7710712M
    ISBN 100520219783
    ISBN 109780520219786

    This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Damned Lies and Statistics is essential listening for everyone who reads or listens to the news, for students, and for anyone who relies on statistical information to understand social problems. "Lies, Damned Lies, and ‘Fact Checking'"; a variation on the phrase in an article by columnist Mark Hemingway, regarding the citation of disputed evidence or even outright opinion as dispositive proof for an argument. "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" is episode 21 in the first season of NBC drama The West Wing. References ^.

      In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook for spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential : University of California Press. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The article by Courtney quoted above is the published version of a speech on proportional representation (which was also Baines’ subject) that was given in August in New York State, which may help explain how Mark Twain came to know the phrase.

    The old saying about “lies, damned lies and statistics” is always relevant, especially at a time like this. With governments, politicians and various ‘experts’ throwing around all sorts of statistics and numbers – often that conflict with one another – we need to keep a close eye on things, and keep asking questions.   Buy a cheap copy of Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling book by Joel Best. When it comes to thinking about statistics, there are four kinds of people: awestruck, naive, cynical, and critical. According to sociologist Joel Best, the vast Free shipping over $/5(5).


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In Damned Lies and Statistics, he shows how statistics are manipulated, mismanaged, misrepresented, and massaged by officials and other powerful groups to promote their agendas. He is a master at examining taken-for-granted "facts" and debunking them through careful sociological scrutiny."―Patricia Adler, author of Damned Lies and Statistics book PowerCited by: This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.

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How to Download Damned Lies And Statistics: Press button "Download" or "Read. That is. a book about the ways in which bad statistics are generated and spread through society. The rubric of the book comes from Mark Twain’s celebrated phrase “lies. damned prevarications.

and statistics”. which is normally interpreted as grouping statistics with prevarications. Joel Best’s Damned Lies and Statistics is a level-headed look at the problem of the use (mostly misuse) of statistics in America.

He observes that “bad statistics are potentially important: they can be used to stir up public outrage or fear; they can distort our understanding of our world; and they can lead us to make poor policy choices.

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Zeebra Books. Who really said, "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics"—Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli? Best, professor of sociology at the University of Delaware and author of several books, including Random Violence, settles the question once and for all: Disraeli (whom Twain credits for his use of the remark in his autobiography).Book Review Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists Reviewed by Lynn Arthur Steen Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists Joel Best The University of California Press, pages,ISBN:$ In the late s the press was File Size: 90KB.This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.

Damned Lies and Statistics is essential reading for everyone who reads or listens to the news, for students, and for anyone who relies on statistical information to understand social problems.