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Title:
Misused statistics
Author:
Spirer, Herbert F.
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Edition:
Second edition, revised and expanded.
Publication Information:
New York : M. Dekker, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Rev. and expanded ed. of: Misused statistics / A.J. Jaffe, Herbert J. Spirer. c1987.
Language:
English
Genre:
ISBN:
9780824702113
Format :
Book

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"Revised and updated edition of a standard in the field. Alerts readers to the problems, inherent in statistical practice-illustrating the types of misused statistics with well-documented, real-world examples, nearly half new to this edition, drawn from a wide range of areas, including the media, public policy, polls and surveys, political elections and debates, advertising, science and health care, and business and economics."


Table of Contents

Setting the stage
Categories of misuses
Know the subject matter
Definitions
Quality of basic data
Graphics and presentation
Methodology
A brief review
Faulty interpretation
Surveys and polls
Getting the data
Surveys and polls -analyzing the data
The law of parsimony
Ockham's razor
Thinking
Lack of forethought, lack of afterthought
Ectoplastics
The body politic
Governments and polititions
Afterword