09 March 2006


I just ran into this neat blog, Political Arithmetik. It's published by Charles Franklin, a professor of political science, University of Wisconsin. He teaches statistical analysis of polls, public opinion and election results. The blog is subtitled, "where numbers and politics meet." He helps to explain how the politicians can lie with statistics and/or use the numbers to their advantage. Very interesting.

URL: http://politicalarithmetik.blogspot.com/

PS. This reminds me of the quote attributed to either Mark Twain (isn't everything?) or Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." There's also the wonderful little book, How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff, originally printed in 1954 and reprinted in 1993 by WW Norton, ISBN 0-39331072-8, under US$10 on Amazon.com.

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