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Critical Statistics

Seeing Beyond the Headlines

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 250
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26 September 2018

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This accessible and entertaining new textbook provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the barrage of numbers encountered in their everyday lives and studies. Almost all the statistics in the...

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This accessible and entertaining new textbook provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the barrage of numbers encountered in their everyday lives and studies. Almost all the statistics in the news, on social media or in scientific reports are based on just a few core concepts, including measurement (ensuring we count the right thing), causation (determining whether one thing causes another) and sampling (using just a few people to understand a whole population). By explaining these concepts in plain language, without complex mathematics, this book prepares students to meet the statistical world head on and to begin their own quantitative research projects.Ideal for students facing statistical research for the first time, or for anyone interested in understanding more about the numbers in the news, this textbook helps students to see beyond the headlines and behind the numbers.

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  • Abundant real-world examples demonstrating the ubiquity of numbers, where they come from and how to understand them.
  • 'Seeing Beyond the Headlines': A step-by-step guide to applying each chapter's concepts to real statistics.
  • Extensive further reading suggestions to help you apply what you learn to your own field of specialised study.
  • A wealth of online resources on the book's companion website, including more examples and exercises, links to key datasets and a portal to share examples of bad statistics.

1. 99% of statistics are made up
2. Where do numbers come from?
3. Samples, samples everywhere
4. Measure for measure
5. What does it mean to be average?
6. Fraction of a man
7. Cause and effect
8. Bad graphics
9. Context is everything
10. Do it yourself
A much needed Huff for our times. (John MacInnes, University of Edinburgh, UK)
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