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Lying Numbers: How Maths And Statistics Are Twisted And Abused

Lying Numbers: How Maths And Statistics Are Twisted And Abused

  • Author: Hugh Barker
  • Publisher: Robinson
  • ISBN: 9781472143617
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Politicians, economists, scientists, journalists . . . all of them have been known to bend the truth and to twist the facts from time to time. But surely the numbers and statistics they rely on are cold, hard objective facts that tell the real story?

Of course the truth is much murkier than that. Figures can be misinterpreted, misunderstood, misconstrued and misused in hundreds of different ways. This book takes a look at the many ways that statistical information can be badly reported or deliberately misused in all walks of life, from political arguments, to business presentations, to more local concerns such as shopping offers and utility bills.

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