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5.0 von 5 Sternen popular account of how statistics can be misused
Statisticians hate the old adage "Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics", but statistical methods do have that reputation with the general public. There are many excellent accounts, some even understandable to laymen that explain the proper ways to analyze, study and report the analysis of statistical data. Huff's famous account is illustrative and well written...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Over-rated, especially for math folks
If you majored in statistics, like me, don't take this book as anything but bad humor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen popular account of how statistics can be misused, 14. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie with Statistics (Taschenbuch)
Statisticians hate the old adage "Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics", but statistical methods do have that reputation with the general public. There are many excellent accounts, some even understandable to laymen that explain the proper ways to analyze, study and report the analysis of statistical data. Huff's famous account is illustrative and well written. It gives the average guy a look at how statistics is commonly misused (either unintentionally or deliberately) in the popular media. Graphical abuses are particularly instructive. Readers should recognize that statistical methods are scientific and with proper education anyone should be able to recognize the good statisticians from the charletons. For now Huff's book is still a good starting place. As a statistician I hate the public image portrayed in the quote above. However, I do sometimes have fun with it myself. As I write this review I am in my office wearing a sweatshirt that reads "When all else fails manipulate the data."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent common sense guide to how Statisitics are abused, 16. August 1999
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This book is an excellent guide to how statistics are manipulated and misused. Speaking as a professional statistician I recommend it highly. Very readable and entertaining, the book goes through the basic ways in which statistics are misrepresented, and how a little common sense can (very often) reveal when extravagant claims are being made. This books is a little dated now (it was written in 1954) but very much worth reading - the ways statistics are manipulated haven't changed much. This book is not a textbook of statistics and is not aimed at college students. Rather, it is aimed at high school students and members of the general public who want to be on their guard against being manipulated by advertising and "studies". The last chapter ("How to talk back to a Statistic") should be required reading for anyone who reads a newspaper or an advertisement. More than anything else, this book teaches how to apply a little common sense to test wild statistical claims.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Statisticians don't like this book - what a surprise!, 26. November 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie With Statistics (Taschenbuch)
For someone who has not read this book, the disparity in reviews is probably striking. Those literally looking for a statistics course, or especially statisticians, will be disappointed. This book is about understanding and interpreting statistics from a practical standpoint. Ignore the statisticians - they are being sensitive about how their work is abused. Ignore the students looking for a statistics book - that isn't the intent of Huff's work.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It helped me become a much more discerning consumer of news. This book is intended to help you better comprehend stat's that are thrown at you to make a point - which essentially means all stat's. Unfortunately, many times this is done is disingenuous ways, and this book will help you see through such foolishness.
In short - buy this little book. It is one of the best book values you will ever find.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A superb little book about statistics, 30. März 2000
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This charming, cynical, wittly little book exposes many of the cheap tricks, bogus techniques, and cunning deceptions employed by Madison Avenue, politicians, corporate PR departments and even -- dare we admit it? -- scientists. I am surprised to find that some statisticians here have panned this book. Do they imagine their craft is only used for the good of mankind? That their colleagues are all upstanding citizens who would not think of deceiving members of the public, employers, stockholders, or Members of Congress? Yes, the techniques described here are simple, and any professional should see through them. For that matter, any banker should see through common stock swindles and Ponzi schemes, yet in the business section you will often read about prestigious banks and long-established investment firms that were taken in by these schemes and robbed of huge sums of money. Experts fall for stupid tricks too. Anyway, the book was written for the general public, not for professionals. And the professionals should remember Huff's main point:
"The fact is that, despite its mathematical base, statistics is as much an art as it is a science. A great many manipulations and even distortions are possible within the bounds of propriety. Often the statistician must choose among methods, a subjective process, and find the one that he will use to represent the facts. In commercial practice he is about as unlikely to select an unfavorable method as a copywriter is to call his sponsor's product flimsy and cheap when he might as well say light and economical."
My mother was a professional statistician. She recommended this book to me at a tender age. I am not much good at mathematics but I never forgot the definitions of average, median, bias, error rate, causality and correlation. The book shows several ways to plot a deceptive graph. It shows how to select a biased sample, and how to take meaningless, small, random fluctuations and blow them up to look like a trend. This may seem a little subversive until you remember, as the author puts it, "the crooks already know these tricks; honest men must learn them in self-defense."
The illustrations by Irving Geis are cute.
The book is in its 46th printing. Its staying power can be compared to that of the other great short manual, "The Elements of Style."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Anyone who's given Huff fewer than 4stars is not normal!, 28. April 1999
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One grumpy stats major (2 stars) and 9 loved it! Things that make you go hmmm...
People who make a living selling statistics might not want you to think critically, but you know vested interests lie all the time.
You can lie with words, and you can lie with pictures, and you most certainly can lie with numbers, graphs, and bias conclusions based on bad data.
(Garbage in, Garbage out)
Not every statistician lies. In fact most (probably) do not, or at least most (probably) don't make a habit out of lying with statistics, but most of those who do lie with statistics are not statisticians, but are rather USERS of statistics and maybe a few sell-their-soul-to-the-highest-bidder mediocre "statisticians" like advertisers or politicians and their handlers -- those who are either selling themselves or some services or things, or ideas
("You gotta believe me" "ëverything's fine, fine, fine, everything's fine" "no problem, boss!").
We have to be able to see through the smoke & mirrors -- to distinguish between fact and fluff.
The book is very good at getting some important ideas across to non-mathematical non-statisticians.
This is a classic, and has probably sold more copies than any other math book, ever.
Despite the fact that many of its examples are dated (obviously written in the 50's) even drawing on quotations from the 1800's, but the concepts are timeless and need no revision.
(Complaints about the age of the book are like complaining about Euclid being pre-Christian, or the age of Proverbs or Aethiops Fables.)
This book will probably be read a thousand years from now!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Figures don't lie, but liars often figure ..., 24. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie With Statistics (Taschenbuch)
My introduction to this book was by way of the 'required reading' list for my undergraduate statistics course. Bad first impression. But the book turned out to be fun to read, and enormously instructive. The class material for my college statistics course taught me HOW to do statistics, but this book gave me a good beginning understanding into the common methods of the abuse of statistics. Conversely, by implication, it also teaches how to present information in as truthful a manner as possible. The knowledge served me well as I further studied statistics at a graduate level, and continues to serve me as a Government Technical person, constantly working with statistical tools.
The book gives a good jump start into the interpretation of data presentations. Now, when I see a "Gee-Whiz Graph" I immediately know that the fluctuations shown in the line or bars are magnified, and I begin at once to look for the real difference (base 0) in the data points.
This book is living proof that learning can be fun. I highly recommend it to anyone working with or beseiged by data presented as graphs, averages, trends or any other such means. It will open your eyes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is a "must read"., 17. Januar 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie with Statistics (Taschenbuch)
For an excellent short introduction to the problems of polling, as well
as other statistical nightmares, check out "How to Lie With Statistics"
by Darrell Huff. This little book, which you can read in an afternoon, was
written in the 50's and is *still* the definitive bible on how statistics
can be misused.

It's fun to read, too, and I laughed out loud a number of
times while reading it. A more accurate (but less catchy) title for the
book would be "how other people lie with statistics, and how you can
recognize it when they try to snow you." Each section describes a way
that statistics or graphs are misused, and then gives real-life examples
from advertisements or newspaper articles or political speeches of the author's day
which illustrate the misuse in action. Sad to say, Huff's examples from
the 50's look just like the crap we get shoved at us today. Some
things never change.

The book only costs about $5, and from it you'll learn as much as an entire
college course. Get a copy, read it, and lend it to friends.
If I had to throw away all my books and could only keep a dozen, this
would be one of the keepers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is a "must read"., 17. Januar 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie With Statistics (Taschenbuch)
For an excellent short introduction to the problems of polling, as well as other statistical nightmares,
check out "How to Lie With Statistics" by Darrell Huff. This little book, which you can read in an
afternoon, was written in the 50's and is *still* the definitive bible on how statistics can be misused.

It's fun to read, too, and I laughed out loud a number of times while reading it. A more accurate (but
less catchy) title for the book would be "how other people lie with statistics, and how you can
recognize it when they try to snow you." Each section describes a way that statistics or graphs are
misused, and then gives real-life examples from advertisements or newspaper articles or political
speeches of the author's day which illustrate the misuse in action. Sad to say, Huff's examples from
the 50's look just like the crap we get shoved at us today. Some things never change.

The book only costs about $5, and from it you'll learn as much as an entire college course. Get a copy,
read it, and lend it to friends. If I had to throw away all my books and could only keep a dozen, this
would be one of the keepers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A clear and humerous look at how logic is used illogically., 5. Juni 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie With Statistics (Taschenbuch)
This book is so good that I've loaned it out to others on three seperate occassions (to students who raved about it)and haven't gotten any of the copies back. I provided copies to my children as they entered middle school so they could gain a clearer picture of what the numbers in the newspaper meant. It's a clear and humerous look at how we, as a society, tend to use logic in the most illogical ways. That "numbers never lie" is a myth laid to rest. While the examples are old (I did own the original at one point)the concepts they illustrate are still pertinent today. Written in an easily understood format, it also takes the "fear of statistics" out of the math-phobic. A great book to have upon the shelf as a ready reference.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vital Information for Consumers, not Mathematicians, 31. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Lie with Statistics (Taschenbuch)
This book in simple language teaches basic critical analysis and thoughtful consideration of the kind of statistics and graphs that consumers of modern media are presented with every day. It would be fantastic required reading at the high school level, as it shows exactly where and how those statistics can be presented in such a manner as to make one's case stronger than it really is. It's also a fun and easy read.
No, statisticians and mathematicians probably wouldn't learn much. I'm a scientist with a Ph.D. though, and keep a copy in my office because I work in a business world where too many PowerPoints make use of exactly the kind of misleading presentation techniques described in the title of this book.
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