Standard Deviations: Flawed assumptions, Tortured Data, And Other Ways to Lie With Statistics

Gary Smith, the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College, Claremont, California, has written a deeply studied and thought-provoking book on how researchers torture data to produce outcomes that prove their assumptions which themselves could be flawed. People are taken for a ride sometimes even for prolonged periods. They lead people to draw false inferences and making wrong decisions. Even informed people are misled by biased or irrelevant data or by the flawed approaches to research.