"Revised and updated edition of a standard in the field. Alerts readers to the problems, inherent in statistical practice-illustrating the types of misused statistics with well-documented, real-world examples, nearly half new to this edition, drawn from a wide range of areas, including the media, public policy, polls and surveys, political election

Setting the stage; categories of misuses; know the subject matter; definitions; quality of basic data; graphics and presentation; methodology - a brief review; faulty interpretation; surveys and polls - getting the data; surveys and polls -analyzing the data; the law of parsimony - Ockham's razor; thinking - lack of forethought, lack of afterthought; ectoplastics; the body politic - governments and polititions; afterword.