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Standard deviations : flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics, Gary Smith

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Standard deviations : flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics
Title
Standard deviations
Title remainder
flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics
Statement of responsibility
Gary Smith
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Did you know that baseball players whose names begin with the letter "D" are more likely to die young? Or that Asian Americans are most susceptible to heart attacks on the fourth day of the month? Or that drinking a full pot of coffee every morning will add years to your life, but one cup a day increases the risk of pancreatic cancer? All of these "facts" have been argued with a straight face by credentialed researchers and backed up with reams of data and convincing statistics. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Ronald Coase once cynically observed, "If you torture data long enough, it will confess." Lying with statistics is a time-honored con. In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. Sometimes, the unscrupulous deliberately try to mislead us. Other times, the well-intentioned are blissfully unaware of the mischief they are committing. Today, data is so plentiful that researchers spend precious little time distinguishing between good, meaningful indicators and total rubbish. Not only do others use data to fool us, we fool ourselves. With the breakout success of Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise, the once humdrum subject of statistics has never been hotter. Drawing on breakthrough research in behavioral economics by luminaries like Daniel Kahneman and Dan Ariely and taking to task some of the conclusions of Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt, Standard Deviations demystifies the science behind statistics and makes it easy to spot the fraud all around"--
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1945-
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Smith, Gary
Dewey number
519.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA279
LC item number
.S638 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Standard deviations
  • Standard deviations
  • PSYCHOLOGY / General
Label
Standard deviations : flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics, Gary Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Regression
  • Even Steven
  • The Texas sharpshooter
  • The ultimate procrastination
  • Serious omissions
  • Flimsy theories and rotten data
  • Don't confuse me with facts
  • Data without theory
  • Betting the bank
  • Theory without data
  • Patterns, patterns, patterns
  • When to be persuaded and when to be skeptical
  • Garbage in, gospel out
  • Apples and prunes
  • Oops!
  • Graphical gaffes
  • Common nonsense
  • Confound it!
  • When you're hot, you're not
Control code
ocn861479017
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781468309201
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014017052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1158788
  • (Sirsi) o861479017
  • (OCoLC)861479017
Label
Standard deviations : flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics, Gary Smith
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Regression
  • Even Steven
  • The Texas sharpshooter
  • The ultimate procrastination
  • Serious omissions
  • Flimsy theories and rotten data
  • Don't confuse me with facts
  • Data without theory
  • Betting the bank
  • Theory without data
  • Patterns, patterns, patterns
  • When to be persuaded and when to be skeptical
  • Garbage in, gospel out
  • Apples and prunes
  • Oops!
  • Graphical gaffes
  • Common nonsense
  • Confound it!
  • When you're hot, you're not
Control code
ocn861479017
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781468309201
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014017052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1158788
  • (Sirsi) o861479017
  • (OCoLC)861479017

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