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The Art of Deceptive Statistics

The Art of Deceptive Statistics

Author: Al Greene

To understand how statistics can be used to present data as you’d like it to be, rather than as an accurate representation of the way it actually is.

To understand how to analyze and evaluate data (including graphs) to determine if it an accurate representation.

This packet introduces you to some of the ways that statistics are manipulated in order to show something you want, not the actual truth. It also shows you ways to identify this and evaluate results on your own.

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What's covered in this packet

This packet introduces you to some of the ways that statistics are used to advance certain people's viewpoints. They may not be necessarily wrong, but they are used in an unethical or improper manner. You must be aware of this when seeing graphs, charts, or results from studies.

Source: Greene

The Art of Deceptive Statistics

This powerpoint introduces you to some deceptive statistics, why they are used, and what you can do to identify them.

Source: Greene

Misleading Statistics

This video gives an example of how different measures of center can be used to make one company look better than the other.

Source: TenMarksInstructor, YouTube

Examples of misleading statistics

The following link has 12 great examples of misleading statistics, along with explanations of why they are misleading and what can be done identify them.