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How to Lie with Statistics

  • No conclusion that “sixty-seven per cent of the American people are against” something or other should be read without the lingering question, Sixty-seven per cent of which American people?
  • I have just tried ten tosses and got heads eight times, which proves that pennies come up heads eighty per cent of the time. Well, by tooth paste statistics they do.
  • Critics of journalism as practiced today have deplored the paucity of good old-fashioned leg work and spoken harshly of “Washington’s armchair correspondents,” who live by uncritically rewriting government handouts.
  • The fact is that, despite its mathematical base, statistics is as much an art as it is a science.
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on Jan 26, 22