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Proofiness by Charles Seife
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Feb 13, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: read-math
Read in December, 2011

He wants to write a more modern-day "How to Lie with Statistics." I don't think he's really mathematically qualified, or maybe I'm just not his audience. He spends a lot of time writing (metaphorically) in all-caps about how we're all being suckers by buying this crap. Or something. And he spends a little too much time making up names for the types of ways that numbers can be manipulated. About halfway through the book, he finally reaches his area of expertise---the 2008 Minnesota Senate election (and to a lesser extent the 2000 presidential election). His main point seems to be that we just do not have the capability of deciding elections that are that close---not enough precision in counting methods. Too bad he feels compelled to continue (metaphorically-speaking) to write in all-caps.

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