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Stat-Spotting

A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data

Joel Best

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Beschreibung

Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even the most respected publications present numbers that are miscalculated, misinterpreted, hyped, or simply misleading.

This new edition contains revised benchmark statistics, updated resources, and a new section on the rhetorical uses of statistics, complete with new problems to be spotted and new examples illustrating those problems. Joel Best’s best seller exposes questionable uses of statistics and guides the reader toward becoming a more critical, savvy consumer of news, information, and data.

Entertaining, informative, and concise, Stat-Spotting takes a commonsense approach to understanding data and doesn't require advanced math or statistics.

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social science, reference, civic, historical, political, violent deaths, math and stats, updated resources, sociology, research stats, page turner, lively, scientific methods, fake news, demography, social sciences, demography studies, statistical misuse, anthropology, mathematics, engaging, media criticism, journalism, digesting statistics, critical thinking, history, propaganda, alarming statistics, economics, research, crime, statistics, media, interesting overview, social problems, potential issues, politics, revised benchmark