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How to accuse the other guy of lying with statistics. (English) Zbl 1100.62532
Summary: 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.

MSC:
62A01 Foundations and philosophical topics in statistics
62-07 Data analysis (statistics) (MSC2010)
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[1] Herrnstein, R. J. and Murray, C. (1994). The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life . Free Press, New York.
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