**Our World: ***Market Rebounds after Assurances from Fed Chair
*

**Mathematically Literate World:**

*Market Rebounds without Clear Causal Explanation*

**Our World**: *Firm’s Meteoric Rise Explained by Daring Strategy, Bold Leadership
*

**Mathematically Literate World**

**:**Firm’s Meteoric Rise Explained by Good Luck, Selection Bias** Our World**:

*Gas Prices Hit Record High (Unadjusted for Inflation)*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Gas Prices Hit Record High (In a Vacuous, Meaningless Sense)*

** Our World**:

*Psychologists Tout Surprising New Findings*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*Psychologists Promise to Replicate Surprising New Findings Before Touting Them*

** Our World**:

*After Switch in Standardized Tests, Scores Drop*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*After Switch in Standardized Tests, Scores No Longer Directly Comparable*

** Our World**:

*Controversial Program Would Cost $50 Million in Taxpayer Money*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*Controversial Program Would Cost 0.001% of Taxpayer Money*

** Our World**:

*Proposal Would Tax $250,000-Earners at 40%*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*Proposal Would Tax $250,000-Earners’ Very Last Dollar, and That Dollar Alone, at 40%*

** Our World**:

*Poll Finds 2016 Candidates Neck and Neck*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*Poll Finds 2016 Predictions Futile, Absurd*

** Our World**:

*One Dead in Shark Attack; See Tips for Shark Safety Inside*

**Mathematically Literate World**:*One Dead in Tragic, Highly Unlikely Event; See Tips for Something Useful Inside*

** Our World**:

*Local Heat Wave Seen as Sign of Global Warming*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Local Heat Wave Not Seen as Meaningful Indicator of Global Trends*

** Our World**:

*Veteran Baseball Player Enjoys Breakout Month*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Veteran Baseball Player Enjoys Transient Good Fortune*

** Our World**:

*Market Share for Electric Cars Triples*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Market Share for Electric Cars Rises to 0.4%*

** Our World**:

*Still No Broad Agreement on Global Warming*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Still 90% Agreement on Global Warming*

** Our World**:

*Rates of Cancer Approach Historic High*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Rates of Surviving Long Enough to Develop Cancer Approach Historic High*

** Our World**:

*Hollywood Breaks Box Office Records with Explosions, Rising Stars*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Hollywood Breaks Box Office Records with Inflation, Rising Population*

** Our World**:

*Economist: “Eliminate Minimum Wage to Create Jobs, Improve Economy”*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Economist: “Eliminate Minimum Wage, then Pray Our Model Has Some Empirical Basis in Reality”*

** Our World**:

*Average Football Player Earns $3 Million, Lasts 4 Years in NFL*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Average Football Player Earns $0 Million, Lasts 4 Years in High School*

** Our World**:

*Politician Promises to Fund Math Education*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Politician Promises to Fund, Meddle in Math Education*

** Our World**:

*Illegal Downloaders Would Have Spent $300 Million to Obtain Same Music Legally*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Illegal Downloaders Probably Would Not Have Bothered to Obtain Same Music Legally*

** Our World**:

*Unemployment Rate Jumps from 7.6% to 7.8%*

**:****Mathematically Literate World***Unemployment Rate Probably a Little Under 8%; Maybe Rising, or Not, Can’t Really Tell*

*Thanks for reading! (And thanks to readers who suggested improvements, some of which I’ve incorporated.) If you can tolerate my drawings (a big “if”), you might also enjoy A Math Professor Consults on a Hollywood Movie and the economic satire 20 Steps for Trading Up from a Paper Clip to a House.*

*You could also check out Fifty-Five Million, my new blog that aims to bring a math-literate perspective to education statistics. And I highly recommend Aaron Brown’s excellent critique of this post, delving more deeply into some key issues.*

How to Lie with Statistics

It’s worth putting this book in context.

“Darrell Huff, author of the wildly popular (and aptly named) How to Lie With Statistics, was paid to testify before Congress in the 1950s and then again in the 1960s, with the assigned task of ridiculing any notion of a cigarette-disease link. On March 22, 1965, Huff testified at hearings on cigarette labeling and advertising, accusing the recent Surgeon General’s report of myriad failures and “fallacies.” Huff peppered his attack with with amusing asides and anecdotes, lampooning spurious correlations like that between the size of Dutch families and the number of storks nesting on rooftops–which proves not that storks bring babies but rather that people with large families tend to have larger houses (which therefore attract more storks).”

In 1969, the tobacco industry paid Darryl Huff to write a book called “How to lie with smoking statistics,” which would conclude that there was no sound statistical basis to say that smoking causes cancer, but in the end, the tobacco companies decided that the book was too poorly written to make good propaganda so they dropped the project.

http://andrewgelman.com/2012/04/27/how-to-mislead-with-how-to-lie-with-statistics/

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Thanks for this, I recently linked to this post on my blog

http://ontariomath.blogspot.com/2013/12/math-links-for-week-ending-dec-13th-2013.html

Interesting style to blogging. You cartoons brought the piece to life. Thanks.

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Witty posts with great pictures. Plus you might even learn a thing or two!

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Great idea with the numbers and statistics. Getting 4th graders to think literally with math is a actually an enjoyable lesson to teach. http://spiritedteaching.com/lesson-plans/math-literacy/

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