News and Numbers : A Writer's Guide to Statistics

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-17
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The third edition of News & Numbers is a clear and comprehensively updated introduction to the role, logic and language of statistics which focuses on how to evaluate statistical claims in science, health, medicine, and politics. Includes new sections on computer modelling, missing numbers, health care quality and its costs and risks Features a completely new chapter on reporting on risk Contains additional and updated examples throughout Illustrates how an understanding of statistics can help in writing about business, education, environmental policy, sports, opinion polls, crime and other topics Focuses on how to evaluate statistical claims in science, health, medicine, and politics

Author Biography

The late Victor Cohn, the "Dean of Science Writers," was a prize-winning science editor and writer for The Washington Post for 25 years. He was cited as one of the top science writers by The New York Times and Newsweek, co-founded the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and served as president of the National Association of Science Writers. Lewis Cope was science writer at the StarTribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul for 29 years and, like Cohn, was the recipient of numerous awards. Cope formerly served as president of the National Association of Science Writers. Deborah Cohn Runkle is a Senior Program Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Table of Contents

A Note to Our Readersp. vii
A Tribute to Victor Cohn, 1919-2000p. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Notes on Sourcesp. xv
Learning the Basicsp. 1
A Guide to Part I of News & Numbersp. 2
Where We Can Do Betterp. 3
The Certainty of Uncertaintyp. 8
Testing the Evidencep. 15
What Makes a Good Study?p. 37
Your Questions and Peer Reviewp. 54
Now Down to Specificsp. 69
A Guide to Part II of News & Numbersp. 70
Tests and Drug Trialsp. 71
Vital Statisticsp. 83
Health Costs, Quality, and Insurancep. 97
Our Environmentp. 108
Writing About Risksp. 124
Pollsp. 133
Statistical Savvy for Many Types of Newsp. 145
Epiloguep. 161
Glossaryp. 163
Bibliographyp. 170
Indexp. 173
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