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Thread #165570   Message #3995543
Posted By: DMcG
07-Jun-19 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
I look forward to seeing proof of my own misuse of statistics

You really don't.

It goes back to what I was saying that the crux of lying is intention to deceive. Any statistic reduces a complex set of numbers to a simpler set, often just a single number. So an honest statistic does so while making every effort to keep as much useful information as possible while discarding as little useful information as possible. A lying statistic, on the other hand, typically has a point of view in mind and discards inconvenient data as far as possible in order to get the result you wish to present. A classic example is whether to look at percentages, numbers or rates of growth. Many people pick which they like to enhance their view, while ignoring the equally valid statistics that don't suit them.