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# How to Lie with Statistics

Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to full rather than to inform.

Paperback, 142 pages

Published
September 1st 1982
by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1954)

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**Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: The Pirates of the Powerpoint**Darrell Huff uses a simple, but effective literary device to impress his readers about how much statistics affect their daily lives and their understanding of the world.

He does this by pretending that the book is a sort of primer in ways to use statistics to deceive, like a manual for swindlers, or better, for pirates. He then pretends to justify the crookedness of the book in the manner of the retired burglar whose published remin ...more

Sep 10, 2011
Eric Phetteplace
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it was amazing

Recommends it for:
People who don't want to be ignoramuses their whole lives

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This is one of those rare books I would recommend to almost anyone. It's clear, concise, funny, not too complex, and above all important for anyone who wants to understand politics, economics, science, or life in general. Statistical analysis is so vital to determining how things actually stand and where we should be moving that people lacking awareness of basic logical/statistical fallacies are doomed to live within delusions. Being informed necessitates understanding and being skeptical of sta
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But in the billion years since this classic came of age, we've all learned that other ways, some of them better presented. When it was written, many people believed the information they received in the papers, in magazines, and on ...more

It seems a little shallow to rate this semi-pamphlet at four stars, as one of the must-read books, but that's exactly what I'm going to do.

This book earns four stars from me simply from its concisiveness and practicality. You can churn through this beauty in one sitting. It is entertaining, has excellent examples, introduces concepts in a wry, witty tone, and after ten years of courses, articles, books, and opinions, I have yet to learn a single thing about misleading statistics that wasn't taug ...more

mean, mode, & medium

كنت دائما أقرأها في الدراسات التي أطلع عليها دون أن أفهمها أبدا ، و أشتهي لو أني أستطيع توظيفها في أبحاثي التي تعتمد على الأرقام .

فكّ هذا الكتاب عقدتي ! ، أخيرا فهمت ما تعنيه هذه المفاهيم من خلال تخطيط رسمي مبسط (<- بديل منزلي للسكانر العطلانة) ، لم أجده في أي من كتب الإحصاء !. متعة أني أخيرا عرفت معنى هذه المصطلحات تفوق الكثير من المتع !. سعيدة جدا بهذ ...more

"There is terror in numbers," writes Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics. And nowhere does this terror translate to blind acceptance of authority more than in the slippery world of averages, correlations, graphs, and trends. Huff sought to break through "the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind" with this slim volume, first published in 1954. The book remains relevant as a wake-up call for people unaccustomed to ex ...more

*How to lie with statistics*was as funny as it was informative. Duff does a good job of not only explaining what tricks people use on statistics to twist the facts, but he gives poignant examples that were just as relevant when he wrote this book as they are today. What I found most interesting is how he dissected the "logic" that uses these techniques to explain how the ...more

This book specifically focuses on the facts and figures that we see everyday, pretty much everywhere. I thought it was well written and extremely thorough, going from problems that happen during study collection, to the cherry picking and presentation of data itself. I had to gr ...more

How often do you hear statistics bandied about in the media or used to try to prove some special-interest point? "Of course" the people quoting the figures must be r ...more

É possível ir além e afirmar que aprender como estatísticas realmente funcionam e como elas são utilizadas para mentir e avançar as mais diversas agendas é equivalente a realmente aprender a ler.

Um livro essencial ...more

Sep 05, 2016
Alan Johnson
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I first read this book in hardcover during the 1970s or 1980s. Although I misplaced my hardcover copy, it is now available in Kindle and paperback at very reasonable prices, and I have just now downloaded the Kindle edition for rereading.

The book aptly describes its subject matter in its introduction:

"This book is a sort of primer in ways to use statistics to deceive. It may seem altogether too much like a manual for swindlers. Perhaps I can justify it in the manner of the retired burglar whose ...more

The book aptly describes its subject matter in its introduction:

"This book is a sort of primer in ways to use statistics to deceive. It may seem altogether too much like a manual for swindlers. Perhaps I can justify it in the manner of the retired burglar whose ...more

#Wikipedia writes the following about the history of this book: "The book is ...more

The book does an excellent job making statistics accessible, giv ...more

O livro se propõe a algo nobre, fazer um serviço à população mostrando como somos enganados em jornais, revistas, palestras, congressos, clínicas e todos os locais onde se possa utilizar de gráficos, tabelas e ferramentas estatísticas, mas o autor se foca muito pouco nessa proposta.

A maior parte do livro é enchendo páginas e mais páginas com exemplos redundantes sobre o assunto do capítulo, parece até que ele faz de propósito para mostrar que várias histór ...more

Although "How to Lie with Statistics" is a bit dated (having been written in the 1950's), the principles it puts forth are still valid today--if not moreso than ever--and the material is delivered in clear, concise, and even entertaining anecdotes and illustrations.

It shows all the little tricks that advertisers and propagandists, government agencies inc ...more

I say "reminder" because I've taken intro-level statistics and encountered these ideas before, but I think that

*How to Lie with Statistics*should be comprehensible to anyone who knows practical arithmetic.

Apart from its subject matter, it's interesting to read this book published in 1954 58 years later to see what sorts of ...more

A must read, I'd ...more

intinya buku ini membahas soal statistik dan sejumlah kebohongan yang bisa dilahirkan dari susunan angka-angka tersebut... jd inget waktu diskusi dengan adek, kita menyimpulkan memang statistik dibuat agar kita tahu arah dan angka dari sebuah perhitungan, art ...more

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