How to Lie with Statistics

A book on how to use same data to present different types of pictures for different purposes!

How to Lie with Statistics

Author: Darrell Huff

Personal Rating: 6/10

Personal Review:

The book tries to give a basic explanation of how statistical data can be manipulated for a specific cause.  Anyone who never had a good understanding of stats or has a tendency to believe any kind of stats number must have read the book for sure.

For me, I did not like the lack of proper graphics. I saw there are illustrations but those did not connect me. The books had more opportunities to add more graphs or diagrams to explain the situation in detail rather than writing a lot of lines.

Plus a lot of examples(80-90% 🤔) are purely American market based.  

Quote from the book:

IF YOU can’t prove what you want to prove, demonstrate something else and pretend that they are the same thing. In the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind, hardly anybody will notice the difference. The semiattached figure is a device guaranteed to stand you in good stead. It always has.


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