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How to use stats for dummies ;)

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posted on Jul, 28 2020 @ 02:10 PM
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The raw data (not easily if at all available generally)

Lets say there 1 case of whatever i want to fear monger or play down last year.

This year there is 11 cases.

So to big it up I run with the headline 'cases of 'x' are up 1000% on last year alone!!'

If I want to play it down I run with ' why the fuss over 10 more cases of 'x' than last year??'

Both factually correct but with very different spins.

The same for decreasing

Last year 100 cases this year 50.

To big it up i run with only 50 less than last year.

To play it down I run 50% drop on last year.

So although it is rare to get hold of the data, you can generally tell which spin is being applied by whether it is a % or number used, whatever the LSM is bleating on about.




posted on Jul, 28 2020 @ 02:55 PM
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a reply to: johnb



So although it is rare to get hold of the data, you can generally tell which spin is being applied by whether it is a % or number used, whatever the LSM is bleating on about.


Add logarithmic presentation to this list, too. Makes big numbers look small compared to the small numbers, that now look like they have a huge impact, on charts.



posted on Jul, 28 2020 @ 11:24 PM
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Yup. More people should read this. I will give a s&f



posted on Jul, 29 2020 @ 05:39 AM
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I knew about this but s + f for posting it. You can see this bs daily with the MSM saying stupid crap like "covid cases are up 400% in the county" oohh sounds scary but if you know that is only 4 times the amount then it doesn't sound bad. They will adjust the numbers to fit their narrative. I cant tell you how many people focus on the big scary number without taking a minute to analyze the data.
Thanks for posting, as someone else mentioned, people need to know this stuff and when they do these bs tactics won't work on people anymore. I cant stress enough to people to educate yourselves because the schools won't





 
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