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Books: "Proofiness"

ScreenHunter_30 May. 07 00.19 A timely book about how numbers impress us, even when they're imaginary, made-up, or manipulated to deceive, including some interesting new variants (Proofiness):  

“Potemkin numbers” are phony statistics based on erroneous or nonexistent calculations.  “Disestimation” involves ascribing too much meaning to a measurement, relative to the uncertainties and errors inherent in it. “Apple polishing” is using an average when a set of numbers contains extreme outliers.  

 

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