"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.
"Outstanding reviews for a classic work that has gone into multiple printings!. . . superb. . . .this book succeeds in what it sets out to do. . ..Its strongest features are the multitude of superb examples, the excellent chapter summaries, the engaging writing style, and the consistent presentation of material at an appropriate level for general readers. "
---Journal of the American Statistical Association
"delightful. . . .extremely useful: delightful, with lots of everyday examples from media, politicians, elected or appointed officials. "
---American Journal of Economics and Sociology
"impressive. The examples used. . .are impressive in their clarity and variety. The cumulative effect is a compelling demonstration that the use and misuse of statistics are more widespread and influential in our culture that one might suppose. "
---American Journal of Physical Anthropology
"well-written. . . .a well-written book emphasizing understanding and reasoning. "
"informative. . . .informative and entertaining. . .an excellent resource. "
". . .the second edition updates much of the earlier material with contemporary examples and includes new misuses that have appeared in the interim."
---ISI Short Book Reviews