Funny and illuminating. It illustrates ways in which statistics are calculated and presented that are, at the best, ambiguous. And consequently gives you some tools to always question what statistics seem to "demonstrate".
still a great and usefull book to read
Although this booklet was first published over 50 years ago - and the income or demographic figures in the examples do show their age - its explanation of how to look at statistics is still valid. I totally concur in the foreword: professional statisticians deplore the misuse of statistics as heartily as anyone alive. Count me in, I'm one of them....Continua
First published in 1954 (!), the book contains outdated figures for the examples. For instance, the annual salary surveyed with Yale graduates is laughingly small in today's perspective. However, the points illustrated are very likely still valid nowadays.
"The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify," warns the author....Continua