Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Worst in Science and Statistics Reporting

Do you remember all the news reports about a CDC study that said it's not unhealthy to be overweight after all? I read a couple of them and sensed immediately that something was up. It was quite clear that the media were overreacting to a few statistically insignificant findings.

That was only the seventh-worst of the many lousy reports tallied in the annual “Dubious Data Awards,” issued by the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) at George Mason University. It's a short post, so read the whole thing.

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