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Statistical

Ten Easy Ways to Avoid Being Misled By Numbers

Anthony Reuben

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An accessible guide to interrogating the many statistics we are bombarded by every day.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Statistical: Ten Easy Ways to Avoid Being Misled By Numbers A01 By (author) N Anthony Reuben 196 126 14 200 BC Paperback / softback 240 Constable Little, Brown Book Group London United Kingdom PBT Probability & statistics KCHS Economic statistics PDZM Popular mathematics KCY Popular economics 1.3 PBT PDZM KCH KCY Probability & statistics Popular & recreational mathematics Econometrics & economic statistics Popular economics An accessible guide to interrogating the many statistics we are bombarded by every day. 'Refreshingly clear and engaging' Tim Harford 'Delightful . . . full of unique insights' Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter There's no getting away from statistics. We encounter them every day. We are all users of statistics whether we like it or not. Do missed appointments really cost the NHS GBP1bn per year? What's the difference between the mean gender pay gap and the median gender pay gap? How can we work out if a claim that we use 42 billion single-use plastic straws per year in the UK is accurate? What did the Vote Leave campaign's GBP350m bus really mean? How can we tell if the headline 'Public pensions cost you GBP4,000 a year' is correct? Does snow really cost the UK economy GBP1bn per day? But how do we distinguish statistical fact from fiction? What can we do to decide whether a number, claim or news story is accurate? Without an understanding of data, we cannot truly understand what is going on in the world around us. Written by Anthony Reuben, the BBC's first head of statistics, Statistical is an accessible and empowering guide to challenging the numbers all around us. Statistics can clarify or confuse. That's why you need to read this book * John Humphrys * Having spent his journalistic career working in a newsroom, being inundated with press releases full with dodgy statistics, Reuben has learned all the ways in which numbers can tell a misleading story. In this delightful book, full of unique insights from personal experience, he warns us of the phrases to look out for, and all the questions to ask about shabby surveys and dubious economic forecasts - there's also a great chapter on how to interpret big numbers. And he advises that we all ask the big question - is this number reasonably likely to be true? * Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter * A refreshingly clear and engaging guide to the statistical claims all around us * Tim Harford, author of Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy & Presenter of BBC More or Less * Fascinating . . . timely . . . a lovely humorous undercurrent to it all -- Marcus Berkmann * Daily Mail * Anthony Reuben was the BBC's first Head of Statistics and now works on the corporation's fact-checking Reality Check brand, which he helped create. Anthony has 23 years' experience in journalism, and has been read by millions of readers of the BBC News website over the past 12 years. He has twice won the Royal Statistical Society's award for excellence in journalism and been shortlisted twice for the British Journalism Awards. 16042020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 8.99 0.00 8.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 72 BERT GARD Y

'Refreshingly clear and engaging' Tim Harford

'Delightful . . . full of unique insights' Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter

There's no getting away from statistics. We encounter them every day. We are all users of statistics whether we like it or not.

Do missed appointments really cost the NHS GBP1bn per year?

What's the difference between the mean gender pay gap and the median gender pay gap?

How can we work out if a claim that we use 42 billion single-use plastic straws per year in the UK is accurate?

What did the Vote Leave campaign's GBP350m bus really mean?

How can we tell if the headline 'Public pensions cost you GBP4,000 a year' is correct?

Does snow really cost the UK economy GBP1bn per day?

But how do we distinguish statistical fact from fiction? What can we do to decide whether a number, claim or news story is accurate? Without an understanding of data, we cannot truly understand what is going on in the world around us.

Written by Anthony Reuben, the BBC's first head of statistics, Statistical is an accessible and empowering guide to challenging the numbers all around us.

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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date16 Apr 2020
FormatPaperback
Pages240
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