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News And Numbers. A Writer's Guide To Statistics

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Numbers and statistical claims dominate today's news


It does so by helping readers answer three key questions about all scientific studies, polls, and other statistical claims What can I believe What does it mean and How can I explain it to others Updated throughout, this long overdue third edition brings this classic text up-to-date with the 21st century with a complete updating of examples, case studies, and stories

Much new material has been added to ensure the text maintains its pertinent approach to the subject, including A section on computer modelling Additional chapters on risks and 'missing numbers' Updated sections on health plans and insurance, including updates on President Obama's health system overhaul new material on health care costs and quality

Now in its third edition, News Numbers focuses on how to evaluate statistical claims in science, health, medicine, and politics

Politics, budgets, crime analysis, medical issues, and sports reporting all demand numbers

The text emphasises clear thinking and common sense approaches for understanding, analyzing and explaining statistics, and terms throughout the book are explained in easy-to-understand, nontechnical language