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Monday, December 12, 2016

How to Lie with Analytics

Article in Internet Citizen.  Good piece.    I remember reading the classic 'How to Lie with Statistics', by Darrell Huff.   It was not a 'how to', but rather a how not to get fooled by simple statistics and numerical arguments.  Though simplistic, it still reads well.   This article makes a similar case, but takes it into the realm of big data and deep learning.  In a world with much more available data. So biases are much easier to support today.  And they can be supported not only at the basic statistical level, but also at a much deeper algorithmic level, that is harder to explain or validate than a bar chart.

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