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How to Read Numbers Reviews

How to Read Numbers by Tom Chivers, David Chivers, QC

How to Read Numbers: A Guide to Statistics in the News (and Knowing When to Trust Them)

Tom Chivers, David Chivers, QC

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 18 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781474619967

A short, practical, timely guide to the tools you need to understand the numbers we read in the news everyday - and how we often get them wrong

4 stars out of 5
10 Apr 2021

"(A) timely and lively book "

Using examples drawn from the media, the authors attempt to provide the means by which to spot some of the different ways that numbers may be misrepresented, in handy bite-sized chapters that include boxed-off sections for those wanting to dive deeper into the Poisson distribution, learn the differences between median, mean and mode or how statistical regression works, or how to detect publication bias...

We are bombarded with statistics: about whether red wine is good for you or crime is going up; from unemployment stats to the dreaded daily Covid figures. This timely and lively book will help you to decode these numbers and spot those damned lies.


4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
18 Mar 2021

"(a) fascinating, easy-to-read explanation of how to interpret numbers in the news"

As cousins Tom and David Chivers reveal in this fascinating, easy-to-read explanation of how to interpret numbers in the news, it’s best to be wary of large claims based on small samples. Remember Donald Trump and his advocacy of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19? It all stemmed from a trial on 42 patients.