Chapter 9 How to Statisticulate Statisticulate is the process of misleading people using statistics. It is also misinforming with figures, or statistical manipulation might not be a mathematician purpose. Lying with statistics is this dishonesty or incompetence? Mostly dishonesty. The author list various tricks things like measuring profit on cost price, showing a graph with a finer Y-axis scale just to show the steep growth is, how income calculations mislead by involving children in the family as individuals for the average amongst a few.
Chapter 10 How to Talk Back to a Statistic In how we talk back to a statistic one should ask themselves to find out if the statistic that you are reading being presented is it genuine or not. There are 5 simple steps, in Huffs own words, how to look a phoney statistic in the eye and face it down. (page **)
Question 1 Who says so? Find the bias before trusting. Does the one publishing this result have anything to gain from the result? Question 2 How does he know? How was the result measured and was the sampling biased? Question 3 Whats missing? Unstated averages not showing the original data, comparisons without stating the other side, you should question the report. Question 4 Did someone change the subject? Is the cause and affect getting disorganized? Question 5 Does it make sense? Just ask yourself, does this really make sense?