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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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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2009 for the course BSE BIOLOG 5269-25 taught by Professor 5470369 during the Spring '09 term at Kings University College.
- Spring '09