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Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. Joel Best

Numbers and statistics can be used to explain and confuse. They can be used to describe a fact and tell a falsehood. So, which is it? Both. Author leads us through the world of data and deceit.

“Joel Best’s classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook for spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.”