How to Lie with Statistics

You know the old saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Well, I do, too, and one absolutely crucial tool to identifying biased information is knowing how exactly information is biased. For anyone interested in learning more about how the media, interest groups, and your very favorite politicians manipulate the information you receive on a daily basis, read this book. Darrell Huff does an absolutely fantastic job of showing you how to train your mind to identify statistical lies, and before you know it, alarms will go off every time you see one.

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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 fool rather than to inform.

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