Therefore stat spotting fulfills its mission delightfully as promised by presenting a guide for spotting dubious data questionable stats along with the creative format the author also appeals to the readers sense of reporting order by covering the how the who and the what. Best offers an eye opening field guide to identifying problematic data and concludes by calling for better statistics pp 107 110 with better statistics we know how the data were collected who collected them and for what purpose we want to be able to track down the original source. Stat spotting features pertinent examples from todays news including the number of deaths reported in iraq the threat of secondhand smoke the increase in the number of overweight americans and many more. For those readers who do want to use their new found stat spotting skills towards the end of the text best helpfully provides a summary of common signs of dubious data these afford a practical way of transferring the concepts discussed in the field guide to the real world. Joel bests best seller exposes questionable uses of statistics and guides the reader toward becoming a more critical savvy consumer of news information and dataentertaining informative and concisestat spottingtakes a commonsense approach to understanding data and doesnt require advanced math or statistics
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