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Errors, blunders, and lies : how to tell the difference, David S. Salsburg

Label
Errors, blunders, and lies : how to tell the difference
Title
Errors, blunders, and lies
Title remainder
how to tell the difference
Statement of responsibility
David S. Salsburg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We live in a world that is not quite 'right'. The central tenet of statistical inquiry is that Observation = Truth + Error because even the most careful of scientific investigations have always been bedevilled by uncertainty. Our attempts to measure things are plagued with small errors. Our attempts to understand our world are blocked by blunders. And, unfortunately, in some cases, people have been known to lie. In this follow-up to his acclaimed best-seller, The Lady Tasting Tea, David Salsburg opens a door to the widespread use of statistical methods by looking at historical examples of errors, blunders and lies from areas as diverse as archaeology, law, economics, medicine, psychology, sociology, Biblical studies, history, and war-time espionage. In doing so, he shows how, upon closer statistical investigation, errors and blunders often lead to useful information. And how statistical methods have been used to uncover falsified data. Beginning with Edmund Halley's examination of the Transit of Venus and ending with discussions of how many tanks Rommel had during the Second World War and whether modern African censuses contain falsified data, the author invites the reader to come along on this easily-accessible and fascinating journey of how to identify the nature of errors, minimize the effects of blunders, and figure out who the liars are
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1931-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Salsburg, David
Dewey number
519.509
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q172.5.E77
LC item number
S38 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
Q172.5.E77
NLM item number
S38 2017
Series statement
ASA-CRC series on statistical reasoning in science and society
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  • Errors, Scientific
  • Science
  • Missing observations (Statistics)
  • Science
Label
Errors, blunders, and lies : how to tell the difference, David S. Salsburg
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The transit of Venus -- Probability versus likelihood -- The central limit conjecture -- Measuring disease -- Other uses of multilinear models -- When multilinear regression is not adequate -- Correlation versus causation -- Regression and big data -- Contaminated distributions -- The Princeton robustness study -- When the blunder is what you want -- Parsing "blunders" -- The reigns of kings -- Searching for the "real" Davy Crockett -- Detecting falsified counts -- Uncovering secrets -- Errors, blunders, or curbstoning?
Control code
ocn952388386
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 154 pages
Isbn
9781498795784
Lccn
2016050456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027171906
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781498795784
  • (OCoLC)952388386
Label
Errors, blunders, and lies : how to tell the difference, David S. Salsburg
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The transit of Venus -- Probability versus likelihood -- The central limit conjecture -- Measuring disease -- Other uses of multilinear models -- When multilinear regression is not adequate -- Correlation versus causation -- Regression and big data -- Contaminated distributions -- The Princeton robustness study -- When the blunder is what you want -- Parsing "blunders" -- The reigns of kings -- Searching for the "real" Davy Crockett -- Detecting falsified counts -- Uncovering secrets -- Errors, blunders, or curbstoning?
Control code
ocn952388386
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiii, 154 pages
Isbn
9781498795784
Lccn
2016050456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027171906
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781498795784
  • (OCoLC)952388386

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