How to Lie with Statistics

image This (How to Lie with Statistics) is another good book. It’s a short and easy-to-read summary of some techniques used by governments, newspapers, advertisers, etc. to mislead people when showing them statistics (like salary averages, economic trends, product effectiveness, etc.) This photo is of a chapter that shows some techniques for distorting a report by ‘forgetting to’ include some relevant data that would change how you see the results. A quote from the book: “Often an average is such an oversimplification that it is worse than useless. Knowing nothing about a subject is frequently healthier than knowing what is not so, and a little learning may be a dangerous thing.” This should be taught in every school.

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