Monday, July 1, 2013

Cracked's "The five most popular ways statistics are used to lie to you"

If you aren't familiar with cracked.com, it is a website that composes lists. Some are pretty amusing (6 Myths About Psychology That Everyone (Wrongly) Believes6 Things Your Body Does Every Day That Science Can't Explain). And some are even educational, like "The five most popular ways statistics are used to lie to you".

from cracked.com
The list contains good points to encourage critical thinking in your students. Some of the specific points it touches upon:
1) When it is more appropriate to use median than mean.
2) False positives
3) Absolute versus relative changes in amount
4) Probability
5) Correlation does not equal causation

And you'll get mad street cred points from undergraduates for using a Cracked list. Trust me.

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