9780520219786

Damned Lies and Statistics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520219786

  • ISBN10:

    0520219783

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/1/2001
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

While startling statistics shape the thinking about social issues, the author attests that these numbers can be wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. Tables.

Author Biography

Joel Best is Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction
The Worst Social Statistic Ever
1(8)
The Importance of Social Statistics
9(164)
Soft Facts
Sources of Bad Statistics
30(32)
Mutant Statistics
Methods for Mangling Numbers
62(34)
Apples and Oranges
Inappropriate Comparisons
96(32)
Stat Wars
Conflicts over Social Statistics
128(32)
Thinking About Social Statistics
The Critical Approach
160(13)
Notes 173(14)
Index 187

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