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Author Best, Joel.
Title Damned lies and statistics : untangling numbers from the media, politicians, and activists / Joel Best.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2001.


 Main Stacks  HM535 .B47 2001    AVAILABLE
Description ix, 190 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Sociology -- Statistical methods.
Social problems -- Statistical methods.
Social indicators.
Contents Introduction: the worst social statistic ever -- The importance of social statistics -- Soft facts: sources of bad statistics -- Mutant statistics: methods for mangling numbers -- Apples and oranges: inappropriate comparisons -- Stat wars: conflicts over social statistics -- Thinking about social statistics: the critical approach.