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Author Best, Joel.
Title Damned lies and statistics : untangling numbers from the media, politicians and activists.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012.


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Description 1 online resource (218 pages)
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Subject Sociology -- Statistical methods.
Social problems -- Statistical methods.
Social indicators.
Contents 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.
Summary Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. 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 numbers.
Other Title Print version: Best, Joel. Damned Lies and Statistics : Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012 9780520274709