Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data / Joel Best.
By: Best, Joel.Material type: BookPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, Copyright date: �2013Edition: Updated and expandedition.Description: 1 online resource (xii, 146 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780520957077; 0520957075.Subject(s): Sociology -- Statistical methods | Social problems -- Statistical methods | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General | Social problems -- Statistical methods | Sociology -- Statistical methods | SOCIAL SCIENCE / DemographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 301.072/7 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part 1. Getting started -- part 2. Varieties of dubious data -- part 3. Stat-spotting on your own.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed September 19, 2013).
"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? Alarming statistics bombard our daily lives, appearing in the news, on the Web, seemingly everywhere. But all too often, even the most respected publications present numbers that are miscalculated, misinterpreted, hyped, or simply misleading. This new edition contains revised benchmark statistics, updated resources, and a new section on the rhetorical uses of statistics, complete with new problems to be spotted and new examples illustrating those problems. Joel Best's best seller exposes questionable uses of statistics and guides the reader toward becoming a more critical, savvy consumer of news, information, and data. Entertaining, informative, and concise, Stat-Spotting takes a commonsense approach to understanding data and doesn't require advanced math or statistics."-- Provided by publisher.