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Review of Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data by Joel Best

Joe Swingle;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2009 Journal: Numeracy, volume 2 (eissn: 1936-4660, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of South Florida Libraries
Abstract
Best, Joel. <em>Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data</em>. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008) 144 pp. $19.95. ISBN 1-978-0-520-25746-7.Stat-Spotting is a practical, do-it-yourself manual for detecting questionable claims reported in the media. Using examples drawn mostly from mass media sources, Stat-Spotting provides readers with a number of useful tips for identifying potentially problematic statistics. The author’s skillful analyses and explanations presented in clear and concise prose make Stat-Spotting an ideal guide for anyone who reads a newspaper, watches television, or surfs the Web. In short, everyone.
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free text keywords: Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, Mathematics, QA1-939, Epistemology, Media studies, Sociology, stat, Spotting
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