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am 30. Januar 2016
Also vieles ist dabei, was man als Absolvent eines Statistikkurses schon gehört hat. Oder gehört haben sollte. Wenn man keinen Plan von Statistik hat sollte man sich das Buch auf _jeden_ Fall mal ansehen,
Statistiker... tja, die werden im Idealfall schon wissen wie man betrügt;) Man lernt hier auch nichts neues wenn man mal zwei Semester Statistik hatte, allerdings ist alles schön erklärt.
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am 26. April 2014
die Beispiele entstammen oft den 50ern und 60ern, was aber nichts macht, denn die Tricks sind noch die gleichen. Unterhaltsam und verständlich geschrieben, für die englische Ausgabe muss man aber natürlich schon fit sein und ein gutes Wörterbuch haben.
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am 24. Juni 2012
Die Zahl, besser gesagt die Statistik die diese Zahl generiert, oder noch besser diejenigen die bewusst oder unbewusst die wichtigen Fragen wie diese Zahl zustande kommt nicht beantworten sind für so manch falsche Meinungsbildung in Bevölkerungen verantwortlich. Darrell Huff stellt in diesem Buch die richtigen Fragen um übliche Praktiken aufzudecken. Amüsant geschrieben, in der Gesamtheit zum Nachdenken anregend und gleichzeitig ein kleiner Seitenhieb auf alle Analytiker.
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am 13. Dezember 2012
This book discusses the most common sources of statical deception in media. Like scale of graphs or misuse of mean and median etc. While the examples are from times long a ago, the discussion of how some presentations try to deceit is easy to follow. However, a statician should probably already be aware of all these issues. This book is for people who do not wish to study statistics, but would like to know where to be skeptical about media claims.
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am 14. Juli 2000
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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am 16. August 1999
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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am 26. November 1999
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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am 1. März 2015
I enjoyed reading this book. The authors give many examples how people lie or misuse data presentation to let readers misunderstand the fact. Though this book is not a complete guide how to lie or how to protect yourself from misused statistics, it contains a good basic stuff you need to be aware of.
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am 11. Mai 2014
It is very shocking to see that such a book that is written almost 50 years ago is still valid and has so much to offer. Perhaps, It is because that there are still many hideous people who are lying using the classical and new statistical methods.

I hope somebody write a new version of the book and update its methods and examples with today's statistical tricks.
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am 9. Februar 2009
This little book is superb. It isn't about statistical formulas but about how statistics can be manipulated by certain people who benefit from certain results. And if the results don't fit they get fitted. I don't share the opinion that this book critizes statistics as a subject or, to be more precise, as a means to get a better insight in certain machanisms (be it economic, medical etc.). The point is made against the misuse of it. Even to skip some results or data that was obtained from a statistical analysis can alter the whole assertion. Therefore it is crucial to be cautious about results that are presented to us in every day life.
In this book he shows prominent techniques and tricks which are used to deflect results. Often they are very sublte and hard to spot.
After reading it you'll be more critical to information that is presented to you and you start thinking about the numbers game that is played today like never before. In this sense I highly recommend this book and I encourege everyone to read this book. It should be a priority to everyone who wants to be a more critical mind and who wants to be more literated

By the way, don't miss Steven Campbells book "Flaws and Fallacies in Statistical Thinking". Its a great read to.
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