Data and the quest for truth

News 03.11.2021

Misleading statistics maybe produced due to limitations of the concerned statisticians, or it may even be deliberate, or both. “Misinforming people by the use of statistical material might be called statistical manipulation,” Huff wrote. Huff pointed out seven common tactics to knead statistical data into ‘dough’, which include polling a non-representative group, small sample sizes, and averaging values across non-uniform populations. Huff illustrated how statistical graphs could be used to distort reality. (Read more)


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