Misleading Data"Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is part of a phrase attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. " The statement refers to the persuasive power of numbers, the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments, and the tendency of people to disparage statistics that do not support their positions.
Statistics in the Media
In their book The tiger that isn't Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot have a look at numbers in the media and discover that while they can be made to back up all kinds of non-sensical claims, it often only takes a little maths to unravel faulty arguments. In this article they give us a taster of the book - Click here
Perception of Risk [NRICH]
Would you prefer a
game with a 90% chance of winning, or one with a 10% chance
of losing? You might scratch your head and say it's the
Graphical Data Designed to MisleadTask and Resources looking at the use and abuse of Statistics -
Misleading Graphs and Data 1.ppt
How Statistics can be
Let's look at some realistic cases where unfair sampling might lead to false conclusions - Click here
Water Availability Case Study requires students to present a reasoned argument why each of three countries should have more Water Aid using a a few pieces of data.