How To Lie With Statistics By Darrell Huff

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Although written almost 50 years ago, Darrell Huffs extraordinary book, How to Lie with Statistics, was a great read. Each chapter came with a lesson that is very important to learn. Each lesson is good to know so that you won 't get tricked. Now-a-days, people are very gullible and believe anything they hear especially if what they hear is “proven” with statistics. Are these statistics real? After reading chapter 1 of Darrell Huffs shows that we can see the reality of things that way we will not be tricked at all. To do this, he teaches us how to lie with statistics. While reading Chapter 1, Huff tells us that “The Average Yaleman, Class of '24, makes $25,111 a year.” (P. 11) is most likely very unlikely to be true. Anything that is that …show more content…
60) The line graph is useful to show trends. It is great to organize data as well. Everyone is interested in showing as well as knowing statistical information shown on line graphs because they are so easy to analyze and so reader friendly. Simple tricks in line graphs are used to deceive the readers. For example you can change the impression that a line graph gives. Instead of seeing a big picture with a little line, cut it in half and you have a line that has gone up tremendously. In Chapter 6, Huffs teaches us how to fool readers with pictorial graphs. Pictorial graphs are easy to read and are very appealing. It is a very useful device and it is “capable of becoming a fluent, devious, and successful liar.” (P. 66) A bar chart is also capable of deceit. Adding big images changes the way a reader reads info. This is too easy! In Chapter 7, we are introduced to semi attached figures. The act of pretending is very useful here. A semi attached figure happens when there are missing variables. They are just as deceptive as numbers. “If you can 't prove what you want to prove, demonstrate something else and pretend that they are the same thing.” (P. …show more content…
Huff I would totally agree with everything he said. I would thank him endlessly for all the information he has given me. I agree with the fact that a lot of statistical data is an art form and is done to get a result that people want. You have to be on the look out all the time because not everything is as it seems to be. I also agree that it is a good way to learn how to lie so you can be aware of everything that is going on. I agree because if you know how it is done, you won 't fall victim to it. I don 't disagree with anything that Huff says due to the fact that I was moved by the things that he said and the way that he carried out the lesson. This book was an extraordinary read for me. It gave me a much deeper insight into statistics. Now, I can be on the look out and also help others realize the nature of statistics. Not everything is as it seems to be. This book inspires me to find some fallacies that statistical graphs and numbers show in the current-day news. It also inspires me to read thoroughly and question everything about statistical data. Not everything is how it seems to be, make sure to read it correctly and look at the big

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