Remember, misuse of statistics can be accidental or purposeful. While a malicious intent to blur lines with misleading statistics will surely magnify bias, intent is not necessary to create misunderstandings. The misuse of statistics is a much broader problem that now permeates through multiple industries and fields of study.
The misuse of statistics can be accidental or purposeful. Those with malicious intent sometimes misuse statistics in order to mislead their audience about a subject, a tactic that creates vast social issues and misunderstandings that last for years. ... A Graph Showing the Misuse of Statistics
A misuse of statistics is a pattern of unsound statistical analysis. They are variously related to data quality, statistical methods and interpretations. Statistics are occasionally misused to persuade, influence and sell. Misuse can also result from mistakes of analysis that result in poor decisions and failed strategies.
"The Use — and Misuse — of Statistics: How and Why Numbers Are So Easily Manipulated." Knowledge@Wharton. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 02 April, 2008.
Anti-global warming stances. Let’s take a look at some: This is Ted Cruz’s graph about global temperature, however, if we don’t use the starting point that he did, and we look more long term, the trend becomes quite clear: Puts the graph into a bi...
Teens and E-cigarettes (February 2016). This infographic explores e-cigarette use among teens, including usage rates compared with cigarette use, potential for e-cig use to lead to smoking, and what teens say is in their e-cig, as well as avenues for teens’ exposure to e-cig advertising.
The data in this case is actually quite cyclical, and choosing 2006 rather than, say 2007, provides a completely misleading picture, as the graph below demonstrates. In many instances misuse is not deliberate, but leads to biased results and conclusions that cannot be relied upon and the consequences can be serious.
Drug Abuse Statistics Quiz question 4 The Partnership for a Drug-Free America provided statistics of a different sort. The decade ending with 2010 saw a drop in parents who were proactive in communicating an anti-drug message to their children. Slightly more than 30 percent of surveyed parents admitted to avoiding the subject altogether.
In general, graphs should show a baseline. A baseline is zero on the vertical scale. Graphs that have a missing baseline and start at some arbitrary number (34 on the Fox News image) tend to be very misleading. When you look at a graph and try to figure out if it’s a true representation of what’s really going on, check that baseline.
Computers and statistical software packages have increased the complexity with which data can be analyzed and, consequently, the use of statistics in medical research has also increased. Unfortunately, though the types of errors may have changed, the frequency of statistical misuse has not (9, 10).