Is That a Fact? Revised Edition

Is That a Fact? Revised Edition

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We are inundated by scientific and statistical information, but what should we believe? How much should we trust the polls on the latest electoral campaign? When a physician tells us that a diagnosis of cancer is 90% certain or a scientist informs us that recent studies support global warming, what should we conclude? How can we acquire reliable statistical information? Once we have it, how do we evaluate it? Despite the importance of these questions to our lives, many of us have only a vague idea of how to answer them. In this admirably clear and engaging book, Mark Battersby provides a practical guide to thinking critically about scientific and statistical information. The goal of the book is not only to explain how to identify misleading statistical information, but also to give readers the understanding necessary to evaluate and use statistical and statistically based scientific information in their own decision making.After studying Consumer Reports I decided to buy a Ford Taurus. I noted in my research that Tauruses had a 75% satisfaction rating among owners; this compared favourably to other North American ... 1 Consumer Reports, December 2003, p.

Title:Is That a Fact? Revised Edition
Author: Mark Battersby
Publisher:Broadview Press - 2013-06-06

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