The Resource Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data, Joel Best

Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data, Joel Best

Label
Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data
Title
Stat-spotting
Title remainder
a field guide to identifying dubious data
Statement of responsibility
Joel Best
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Cataloging source
DLC
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Best, Joel
Dewey number
301.072/7
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM535
LC item number
.B477 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sociology
  • Social problems
Label
Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data, Joel Best
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-129) and index
Contents
Getting started -- Spotting questionable numbers -- Background -- Statistical benchmarks -- Severity and frequency -- Varieties of dubious data -- Blunders -- The slippery decimal point -- Botched translations -- Misleading graphs -- Careless calculations -- Sources: who counted--and why? -- Big round numbers -- Hyperbole -- Shocking claims -- Naming the problem -- Definitions: what did they count? -- Broad definitions -- Expanding definitions -- Changing definitions -- The uncounted -- Measurements: how did they count? -- Creating measures -- Odd units of analysis -- Loaded questions -- Raising the bar -- Technical measures -- Packaging: what are they telling us? -- Impressive formats -- Misleading samples -- Convenient time frames -- Peculiar percentages -- Selective comparisons -- Statistical milestones -- Averages -- Epidemics -- Correlations -- Discoveries -- Debates: what if they disagree? -- Causality debates -- Equality debates -- Policy debates -- Stat-spotting on your own -- Summary: common signs of dubious data -- Better data: some characteristics -- Afterword: if you had no idea things were that bad, they probably aren't -- Suggestions for those who want to continue stat-spotting
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
132 p.
Isbn
9780520257467
Lccn
2008017175
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3124139-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3124139
  • (Sirsi) i9780520257467
  • (OCoLC)225846896
Label
Stat-spotting : a field guide to identifying dubious data, Joel Best
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-129) and index
Contents
Getting started -- Spotting questionable numbers -- Background -- Statistical benchmarks -- Severity and frequency -- Varieties of dubious data -- Blunders -- The slippery decimal point -- Botched translations -- Misleading graphs -- Careless calculations -- Sources: who counted--and why? -- Big round numbers -- Hyperbole -- Shocking claims -- Naming the problem -- Definitions: what did they count? -- Broad definitions -- Expanding definitions -- Changing definitions -- The uncounted -- Measurements: how did they count? -- Creating measures -- Odd units of analysis -- Loaded questions -- Raising the bar -- Technical measures -- Packaging: what are they telling us? -- Impressive formats -- Misleading samples -- Convenient time frames -- Peculiar percentages -- Selective comparisons -- Statistical milestones -- Averages -- Epidemics -- Correlations -- Discoveries -- Debates: what if they disagree? -- Causality debates -- Equality debates -- Policy debates -- Stat-spotting on your own -- Summary: common signs of dubious data -- Better data: some characteristics -- Afterword: if you had no idea things were that bad, they probably aren't -- Suggestions for those who want to continue stat-spotting
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
132 p.
Isbn
9780520257467
Lccn
2008017175
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3124139-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3124139
  • (Sirsi) i9780520257467
  • (OCoLC)225846896

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