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♠Book: How to Lie with Statistics
♣Author: Darrell Huff
♥Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
♦Release: 2010-12-07
★Genre: Mathematics
☘Pages: 144
✸ISBN: 0393070875
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: Over Half a Million Copies Sold--an Honest-to-Goodness Bestseller Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to full rather than to inform.

♠Book: Standard Deviations Flawed Assumptions Tortured Data and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics
♣Author: Gary Smith
♥Publisher: The Overlook Press
♦Release: 2014-07-31
★Genre: Psychology
☘Pages: 304
✸ISBN: 9781468310689
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: Did you know that baseball players whose names begin with the letter “D” are more likely to die young? Or that Asian Americans are most susceptible to heart attacks on the fourth day of the month? Or that drinking a full pot of coffee every morning will add years to your life, but one cup a day increases the risk of pancreatic cancer? All of these “facts” have been argued with a straight face by credentialed researchers and backed up with reams of data and convincing statistics. As Nobel Prize–winning economist Ronald Coase once cynically observed, “If you torture data long enough, it will confess.” Lying with statistics is a time-honored con. In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. Sometimes, the unscrupulous deliberately try to mislead us. Other times, the well-intentioned are blissfully unaware of the mischief they are committing. Today, data is so plentiful that researchers spend precious little time distinguishing between good, meaningful indicators and total rubbish. Not only do others use data to fool us, we fool ourselves. With the breakout success of Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise, the once humdrum subject of statistics has never been hotter. Drawing on breakthrough research in behavioral economics by luminaries like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely and taking to task some of the conclusions of Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt, Standard Deviations demystifies the science behind statistics and makes it easy to spot the fraud all around.

♠Book: How to Lie with Maps
♣Author: Mark Monmonier
♥Publisher: University of Chicago Press
♦Release: 2014-12-10
★Genre: Science
☘Pages: 222
✸ISBN: 9780226029009
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: Originally published to wide acclaim, this lively, cleverly illustrated essay on the use and abuse of maps teaches us how to evaluate maps critically and promotes a healthy skepticism about these easy-to-manipulate models of reality. Monmonier shows that, despite their immense value, maps lie. In fact, they must. The second edition is updated with the addition of two new chapters, 10 color plates, and a new foreword by renowned geographer H. J. de Blij. One new chapter examines the role of national interest and cultural values in national mapping organizations, including the United States Geological Survey, while the other explores the new breed of multimedia, computer-based maps. To show how maps distort, Monmonier introduces basic principles of mapmaking, gives entertaining examples of the misuse of maps in situations from zoning disputes to census reports, and covers all the typical kinds of distortions from deliberate oversimplifications to the misleading use of color. "Professor Monmonier himself knows how to gain our attention; it is not in fact the lies in maps but their truth, if always approximate and incomplete, that he wants us to admire and use, even to draw for ourselves on the facile screen. His is an artful and funny book, which like any good map, packs plenty in little space."—Scientific American "A useful guide to a subject most people probably take too much for granted. It shows how map makers translate abstract data into eye-catching cartograms, as they are called. It combats cartographic illiteracy. It fights cartophobia. It may even teach you to find your way. For that alone, it seems worthwhile."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times ". . . witty examination of how and why maps lie. [The book] conveys an important message about how statistics of any kind can be manipulated. But it also communicates much of the challenge, aesthetic appeal, and sheer fun of maps. Even those who hated geography in grammar school might well find a new enthusiasm for the subject after reading Monmonier's lively and surprising book."—Wilson Library Bulletin "A reading of this book will leave you much better defended against cheap atlases, shoddy journalism, unscrupulous advertisers, predatory special-interest groups, and others who may use or abuse maps at your expense."—John Van Pelt, Christian Science Monitor "Monmonier meets his goal admirably. . . . [His] book should be put on every map user's 'must read' list. It is informative and readable . . . a big step forward in helping us to understand how maps can mislead their readers."—Jeffrey S. Murray, Canadian Geographic

♠Book: How to Lie with Charts
♣Author: Gerald Everett Jones
♥Publisher: LaPuerta Books and Media
♦Release: 2011-02-23
★Genre: Business & Economics
☘Pages: 302
✸ISBN: 9780979486685
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: If you're using a computer to generate charts for meetings and reports, you don't have to be taught how to lie - you're already doing it. You probably don't know your charts are unreliable, and neither does your audience. So you're getting away with it - until a manager or a sales prospect or an investor makes a bad decision based on the information that you were so helpful to provide. The main focus of How to Lie with Charts is on the principles of persuasive-and undistorted-visual communication. It's about careful thinking and clear expression. So don't blame the computers. People are running the show.About the AuthorGerald Everett Jones has written more than 25 books on computer and business topics, including Murphy's Laws of Excel (Sybex), Freelance Graphics for Windows: The Art of Presentation (Prima), Real World Digital Video (Peachpit Press), and 24P: Make Your Digital Movies Look Like Hollywood (Thomson). His professional career spans all phases of digital media production and distribution, including book packaging, Web development, and film-look video.

♠Book: How to Lie with Statistics videorecording
♦Release: 1977
★Genre: Statistics
✸ISBN: OCLC:959507263
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French


♠Book: Statistics Done Wrong
♣Author: Alex Reinhart
♥Publisher: No Starch Press
♦Release: 2015
★Genre: Business & Economics
☘Pages: 152
✸ISBN: 9781593276201
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: Statistics Done Wrong describes how researchers often go wrong and teaches you the best practices for avoiding their mistakes.

♠Book: Damned Lies and Statistics
♣Author: Joel Best
♥Publisher: Univ of California Press
♦Release: 2012-07-08
★Genre: Social Science
☘Pages: 206
✸ISBN: 9780520274709
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: "[An] absolutely fascinating and sobering quest into the fantastic differences between the world as it is and the world as it is portrayed in the statistics the media use. . . .This book is simply a must."--Nachman Ben-Yehuda, author of The Masada Myth "Best is our leading authority on social problems today. His detective work in exposing the spurious use of statistics is essential to constructive social science. No one who speaks for the public welfare can ignore his powerful work."--Jonathan B. Imber, Editor-in-Chief, Society "Joel Best is at it again. In Damned Lies and Statistics, he shows how statistics are manipulated, mismanaged, misrepresented, and massaged by officials and other powerful groups to promote their agendas. He is a master at examining taken-for-granted "facts" and debunking them through careful sociological scrutiny."--Patricia Adler, author of Peer Power "A real page turner. Best is the John Grisham of sociology!"--James Holstein, author of The New Language of Qualitative Method "In our era, numbers are as much a staple of political debates as stories. And just as stories so often turn into fables, so Best shows that we often believe the most implausible of numbers--to the detriment of us all."--Peter Reuter, co-author of Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices,Times and Places

♠Book: More Damned Lies and Statistics
♣Author: Joel Best
♥Publisher: Univ of California Press
♦Release: 2004-09-06
★Genre: Social Science
☘Pages: 217
✸ISBN: 0520930029
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: In this sequel to the acclaimed Damned Lies and Statistics, which the Boston Globe said "deserves a place next to the dictionary on every school, media, and home-office desk," Joel Best continues his straightforward, lively, and humorous account of how statistics are produced, used, and misused by everyone from researchers to journalists. Underlining the importance of critical thinking in all matters numerical, Best illustrates his points with examples of good and bad statistics about such contemporary concerns as school shootings, fatal hospital errors, bullying, teen suicides, deaths at the World Trade Center, college ratings, the risks of divorce, racial profiling, and fatalities caused by falling coconuts. More Damned Lies and Statistics encourages all of us to think in a more sophisticated and skeptical manner about how statistics are used to promote causes, create fear, and advance particular points of view. Best identifies different sorts of numbers that shape how we think about public issues: missing numbers are relevant but overlooked; confusing numbers bewilder when they should inform; scary numbers play to our fears about the present and the future; authoritative numbers demand respect they don’t deserve; magical numbers promise unrealistic, simple solutions to complex problems; and contentious numbers become the focus of data duels and stat wars. The author's use of pertinent, socially important examples documents the life-altering consequences of understanding or misunderstanding statistical information. He demystifies statistical measures by explaining in straightforward prose how decisions are made about what to count and what not to count, what assumptions get made, and which figures are brought to our attention. Best identifies different sorts of numbers that shape how we think about public issues. Entertaining, enlightening, and very timely, this book offers a basis for critical thinking about the numbers we encounter and a reminder that when it comes to the news, people count—in more ways than one.

♠Book: A Field Guide to Lies
♣Author: Daniel J. Levitin
♥Publisher: Viking
♦Release: 2017-01-26
☘Pages: 304
✸ISBN: 0241239990
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: "We live in a world of informationoverload. Facts and figures on absolutely everything are at our fingertips, but are too often biased, distorted, or outright lies. From unemployment figures to voting polls, IQ tests to divorce rates, we're bombarded by seemingly plausible statistics on how people live and what they think. Daniel Levitin teaches us how to effectively ask ourselves- can we reallyknow that? And how do theyknow that? In this eye-opening, accessible guide filled with fascinating examples and practical takeaways, acclaimed neuroscientist Daniel Levitin shows us how learning to understand statistics will enable you to make better, smarter judgements on the world around you."

♠Book: The Complete How to Figure It
♣Author: Darrell Huff
♦Release: 2008-08-11
★Genre: Mathematics
☘Pages: 470
✸ISBN: 1439519269
✿Language: English, Spanish, And French

✒SUMMARY: Offers advice on various calculations, including inflation, mortgages, interest rates, investments, credit ratings, home loans, statistics, room measurement, car ownership, and everyday math problems