The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life

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The Strunk & White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news.
Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show "More or Less, ," journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers.
The radical premise of "The Numbers Game" is to show how much we already know, and give practical ways to use our knowledge to become cannier consumers of the media. In each concise chapter, the authors take on a different theme?such as size, chance, averages, targets, risk, measurement, and data?and present it as a memorable and entertaining story.
If you?ve ever wondered what ?average? really means, whether the scare stories about cancer risk should convince you to change your behavior, or whether a story you read in the paper is biased (and how), you need this book. Blastland and Dilnot show how to survive and thrive on the torrent of numbers that pours through everyday life. It's the essential guide to every cause you love or hate, and every issue you follow, in the language everyone uses.
 

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Contents

Use Strawberry Jam
1
Its Personal
12
The Tiger That Isnt
31
A Man and His Dog
41
The White Rainbow
59
The Whole Elephant
78
Bring Home the Bacon
96
Drinking from a Fire Hose
111
Know the Unknowns
132
Wayward Tee Shots
150
Think Twice
182
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About the author (2009)

Michael Blastland is a writer, broadcaster, and the creator of More or Less, the BBC Radio 4 show.

Andrew Dilnot, the former presenter on the show, is the principal of St. Hugh¬'s College, Oxford, and was the director of England¬'s Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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