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August 2005 How to Accuse the Other Guy of Lying with Statistics
Charles Murray
Statist. Sci. 20(3): 239-241 (August 2005). DOI: 10.1214/088342305000000250


We’ve known how to lie with statistics for 50 years now. What we really need are theory and praxis for accusing someone else of lying with statistics. The author’s experience with the response to The Bell Curve has led him to suspect that such a formulation already exists, probably imparted during a secret initiation for professors in the social sciences. This article represents his best attempt to reconstruct what must be in it.


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Charles Murray. "How to Accuse the Other Guy of Lying with Statistics." Statist. Sci. 20 (3) 239 - 241, August 2005.


Published: August 2005
First available in Project Euclid: 24 August 2005

zbMATH: 1100.62532
MathSciNet: MR2189001
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/088342305000000250

Keywords: lying with statistics , public policy , regression analysis

Rights: Copyright © 2005 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Vol.20 • No. 3 • August 2005
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