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Statistical Analysis: Microsoft® Excel® 2013 by Conrad Carlberg

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6. Telling the Truth with Statistics

Several decades ago a man named Darrell Huff wrote a book titled How to Lie with Statistics. The book describes a variety of amusing ways that some people, often unintentionally, use statistics in ways that mislead other people.

I glanced through Huff’s book again as I was preparing this book (although I wasn’t yet in kindergarten when it was published), and it reminded me that many of the ways there are to go wrong with statistics have to do with context.

With the next chapter, this book moves from the context of descriptive statistics into that of inferential statistics—making inferences ...

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