"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.
Spirer, Herbert; Spirer, Louise