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[Type text] G5 Arlene Dizon 06/23/09 III-Neon Organization Non-random arrangement of components or parts interconnected in a manner as to constitute a system identifiable as a unit . Sequential or spatial (or both) form in which a body of knowledge , data , people, things, or other elements , is purposefully arranged. Tabulation To arrange in tabular form; condense and list. the act of putting into tabular form information set out in tabular form "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is part of a phrase attributed to the 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and later popularized in the United States by Mark Twain : "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." The statement refers to the persuasive power of numbers
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Unformatted text preview: , the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments , and the tendency of people to disparage statistics that do not support their positions. Mark Twain’s observation that "Figures don't lie, but liars figure" is an important thought to keep in mind when looking at government statistics, opinion polls, and so many of the surveys and studies that are presented daily to the American public. Indeed, many in government and in business and advocacy groups have learned that the way information is calculated, the phrasing of a question in a poll, or the methods used to structure a so called “scientific survey” can dramatically influence the results....
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