Statistical Science

How to Accuse the Other Guy of Lying with Statistics

Charles Murray

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Abstract

We’ve known how to lie with statistics for 50 years now. What we really need are theory and praxis for accusing someone else of lying with statistics. The author’s experience with the response to The Bell Curve has led him to suspect that such a formulation already exists, probably imparted during a secret initiation for professors in the social sciences. This article represents his best attempt to reconstruct what must be in it.

Article information

Source
Statist. Sci. Volume 20, Number 3 (2005), 239-241.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 24 August 2005

Permanent link to this document
http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1124891290

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/088342305000000250

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2189001

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1100.62532

Citation

Murray, Charles. How to Accuse the Other Guy of Lying with Statistics. Statist. Sci. 20 (2005), no. 3, 239--241. doi:10.1214/088342305000000250. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1124891290.


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References

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