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Damned Lies and Statistics
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Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: The Worst Social Statistic Ever 1. The Importance of Social Statistics 2. Soft Facts: Sources of Bad Statistics 3. Mutant Statistics: Methods for Mangling Numbers 4. Apples and Oranges: Inappropriate Comparisons 5. Stat Wars: Conflicts over Social Statistics 6. Thinking about Social Statistics: The Critical Approach Afterword Notes Index

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Joel Best is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. His many books include Everyone's A Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture and Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Dubious Data, both from UC Press.

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