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October 27, 2005

Chapter 5 -- It Ain't Necessarily So

This chapter was pretty cut and dry. "It's not that two bits of data can contradict one another; it's that the same bit of data can be read in (at least) two ways." This happens alot in the newspaper. However, I noticed it a couple of years ago when I was talking to some friends on AOL and was taking what they were saying in a totally wrong way. After realizing that we were on two different pages, I decided that AOL isn't the best way to have a conversation. Just as a newspaper isn't always the best way to report information.

"You draw one conculision if you emphasize the raw data and a substantially different conclusion if you emphasize the percentages."

"Again, it's a good idea to be skeptical of a news story that cites only percentages, or only raw numbers; stories that cite both are more likely to enable you to realize whether the glass is half empty or half full."

Posted by ElyseBranam at October 27, 2005 07:20 PM


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