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How to Lie with Statistics (Or How to Know When the Other Guy Is Messing with You)

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Mark Twain reckoned that “Figures don’t lie, but liars do figure,” while Benjamin Disraeli listed the “three kinds of falsehoods” as “lies, damned lies and statistics."  Statistics, it would seem, have been held in low regard for some time.  In this course, we’ll see how honest people use figures, and how to spot the other fellows who are trying to mislead us by intentionally abusing them.  The course will conclude with a look at polling for the upcoming elections.  Although we’ll use some numbers from time to time, this is not a math class.

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Morton Hall

Ted Mittler 



Registration Closes On
Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/4/2018 - 10/18/2018 Weekly - Thu 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Williamsburg, Morton Hall  Map Ted Mittler