News and Numbers A Writer's Guide to Statistics

ISBN-10: 1405160969

ISBN-13: 9781405160964

Edition: 3rd 2011

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A readable introduction to what is really the nature of science and scientific method for aspiring writers and reporters. From the 2/e: Numbers and statistical claims predominate today's news. Politics, budgets, crime analysis, medical issues, sports all demand numbers. News & Numbers helps readers answer three key questions about all scientific studies, polls, and other statistical claims: "What can I believe? What does it mean? How can I explain it to others?" The second edition of News & Numbers builds on the tradition set by the original book, emphasizing clear thinking and common sense approaches for understanding, analyzing and explaining statistics. The updated book contains new material in every chapter, including: A full chapter on polls and polling Sections on reporting disease outbreaks and evaluating managed health care plans A section on focus groups Information on using the Internet Dozens of new numbers-in-the-news examples
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Book details

List price: $68.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 9/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

A Note to Our Readers
A Tribute to Victor Cohn, 1919-2000
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Notes on Sources
Learning the Basics
A Guide to Part I of News & Numbers
Where We Can Do Better
The Certainty of Uncertainty
Testing the Evidence
What Makes a Good Study?
Your Questions and Peer Review
Now Down to Specifics
A Guide to Part II of News & Numbers
Tests and Drug Trials
Vital Statistics
Health Costs, Quality, and Insurance
Our Environment
Writing About Risks
Polls
Statistical Savvy for Many Types of News
Epilogue
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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