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Lies, Damn Lies and Anti-Statistics

Lies, Damn Lies and Anti-Statistics

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Published by: Alan McSweeney on May 18, 2010
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Lies, Damn Lies and Anti-Statistics
Alan McSweeney
 
May 18, 20102
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Introduce the concept of distorting “anti-statistics”,illustrate how “anti-statistics”can be identified and definehow statistics should be constructed to yield insight andmeaning
 
May 18, 20103
Statistics
A statistic has two roles -primary and secondary
Primary
-to summarise and describe the data while preservinginformation and reducing the volume of raw data
Secondary
-to provide and enable insight
Where an alleged statistic does not perform thesefunctions it is an “anti-statistic”
Distorting the underlying information (raw data), eitherdeliberately or accidentally
Not providing insight or providing an inaccurate view of theunderlying information
Most people are scared of large sets of numbers
The use of anti-statistics uses this fear

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