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How to Lie With Statistics

How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff

Written in 1954, this little book is a classic. Its subject is statistics and how they can be used to trick you. It talks about samples with a built-in bias, tricky averages, misleading graphs, manipulative figures, monstrous margins of error, and generally, how you can lie with statistics. What I like most about this book is the way the author uses humor and odd-ball examples to make his point. It keeps my attention and helps me learn what he is teaching.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Subjects: Statistics
Self-teaching: Humorous and easy to understand
Suggested Ages: 13-adult
Thoroughness: Covers different types of statistics and their flaws
Best Features: Clear explanations and humorous examples
Worst Features: None

Review by Hans Bluedorn

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