Research Proposal: Damned Lies and Statistics by Joel Best

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¶ … Damned Lies and Statistics by Joel Best discusses both the uses and misuses of statistics, particularly in relation to social issues, problems, changes, and policies. Best puts his focus especially on the use of social statistics as issues and problems because information received and beliefs and perceptions developed from social statistics have a beneficial and detrimental effect to the lives of people in a society.

In his book, Best surveyed current literature, both popular and scientific/technical, that uses social statistics as bases for their claims and arguments. He noted that more often than not, this growing body of literature that is empirically-driven and -- generated have erroneously interpreted and/or reported statistical results and findings. The use of "authoritative statistics" and "missing numbers" is especially salient in Best's discussions in the book. Statistics and statistical values are used as 'tools' by individuals, groups or institutions to provide a valid claim to their arguments and claims. Best especially calls the reader's attention at how these numbers and statistical values attempt to "confuse" the general public, generally assuming that the popular audience would just accept a number or statistic mainly because it seems to come from a credible source, and secondarily, because readers generally do… [END OF PREVIEW]

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