Naked Statistics (NHPR)


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“Statistics are never smarter, wiser, or more honest than the people using them,” Wheelan tells NHPR, adding that statistics “are the tools that we use to interpret the data and they are everywhere. They’re in baseball, they’re in law enforcement, they’re in retail, and whether you’re in business or just an informed citizen you need to understand how these numbers are being used.”

Listen to the full story, broadcast 2/6/13 on NHPR.

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