Standard Deviations

Standard Deviations

Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics

Book - 2015
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An economics professor reveals the tricks and traps that researchers often use to reinforce, defend, and backup their ridiculous theories and explains how data can so easily be manipulated to deliberately mislead and fool readers.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2015
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9781468311020
1468311026
Branch Call Number: 519.5 Sm
Characteristics: 326 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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Nov 17, 2017

A somewhat pedestrian if unexceptional listing of common errors in interpreting data ( or not even bothering with data in some cases).

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Sep 20, 2014

Wow, is this book ever a butt-kicker! Easily a 10 to 20 star rating, but can only give it 5 under present system. Reading the author tear apart Rogoff's austerity study (now how could Harvard not possibly censure him?) and the Club of Rome study and Freakonomics guys is marvelous - - this book really makes one think, and think hard! Highly recommended reading for the thinking person. [Just one or two corrections: The author mistakenly cited older sources for Marilyn vos Savant and her now renounced-record in Guinness as having the world's highest IQ; Guinness pulled that entry on her when it was found that she incorrectly cited her IQ, which was recorded at 132.]

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