How To Lie To Yourself And Others With Statistics

Eric Ravenscraft, LifeHacker, Nov 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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The original is of course Darrell Huff's 1954 classic book How To Lie With Statistics (74 page PDF). The examples are all dated, of course, and the dollar amounts should be multiplied by 10 to make sense in today's world. But the advice is still spot on. The Lifehacker article is a bit of an update, with a more modern take, but it all just goes to show that news media and marketers have been manipulating the truth long before social media ever came along. What has happened in the last two decades is that deception has been democratized. It has always been a problem; maybe now society will finally deal with it.

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