Stat spotting a field guide to identifying dubious data joel best on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the united states are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today. Best offers an eye opening field guide to identifying problematic data and concludes by calling for better statistics pp 107 110 with better statistics we know how the data were collected who collected them and for what purpose we want to be able to track down the original source. Stat spotting a field guide to identifying dubious data by joel best goodreads author stat spotting is a basic guide to recognizing questionable statistics the author joel best is a professor of sociology and criminal justice and the author of two previous books on the misuse of statistics he focuses mainly on the simple . Joel bests best seller exposes questionable uses of statistics and guides the reader toward becoming a more critical savvy consumer of news information and dataentertaining informative and concisestat spottingtakes a commonsense approach to understanding data and doesnt require advanced math or statistics. Stat spotting a field guide to identifying dubious data joel best university of california press berkeley and los angeles california 2008 updated 2013 158 pages paperback my rating 4 5 introduction stat spotting a field guide to identifying dubious data by joel best author of damned lies and statistics and more damned lies and statistics is a detailed practical handbook of warning
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