News & Numbers: A Guide to Reporting Statistical Claims and Controversies in Health and Other Fields
Victor Cohn, Lewis CopeISBN: 0813814243; 9780813814247;
News & Numbers is a simple and nonmathematical "how to" guide–how to understand and analyze and explain and do a better job of telling our audiences the truth... – Victor Cohn Numbers and statistical claims are involved in nearly everything that journalists report. Science and medical issues, politics, business, crime analysis, sports–all demand numbers. This book helps the reader answer three key questions about all scientific studies, polls and other statistical claims: What can I believe? What does it mean? How can I explain it to others? The second edition of News & Numbers builds on the tradition set by the original book, emphasizing clear thinking and commonsense approaches for understanding, analyzing and explaining statistics. Terms are explained in easy–to–understand, nontechnical language. This updated edition contains new material in every chapter. New3 features include: a full chapter on polls and polling Sections...