3 Ways to spot a bad statistic with Mona Chalabi


In this 12 minute Ted Talk, Mona Chilabi, currently of the Guardian (and formerly of FiveThirtyEight, Bank of England, and the Economist Intelligence Unit) talks about the importance of government data and the misuse of statistics.

Most journalists have only a basic understanding of how to use statistics and know even less about how to calculate probabilities. The misuse of statistics have contributed (in part) to a distrust of government data - with some on the right suggesting that government data keeping in a number of areas be abandoned altogether. Whether you're a journalist or just a consumer of news, this should help you better understand statistics and help you to spot bad numbers.



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