First, MAKE SURE that you read the Chapter 12 SUPPLEMENT, “Misuses of Statistics.” Remember that you will need to address these questions from a statistical perspective, using appropriate terminology from the textbook.
Some terms/concepts that might apply:
• suspect sample
• ambiguous averages
• detached statistics
• implied connections
• misleading graphs (use of scale, use of one dimension vs. two dimensions, etc.)
• faulty survey questions
• asking biased questions
• using confusing words/phrases
• asking double-barreled questions
• Kind reminder:
When answering the given questions, make sure that you specifically address what the question asks of you. For instance, let’s take one of the questions from the book, which is:
“Explain why this survey question might lead to an erroneous conclusion: ‘How often do you run red lights?’ ”
Note here we are NOT asked to answer the question, “How often do you run red lights?”
Instead, we are asked to consider this question from a statistical and researcher-minded perspective, and to answer “why this survey question might lead to an erroneous conclusion.” Be sure that you carefully review the instructions for each question.
If you are having textbook issues and cannot locate the questions:
I am including two questions from the given assignment that you can answer here for your homework:
#6. In an ad for moisturizing lotion, the following claim is made: “…it’s the #1 dermatologist recommended brand.” What is misleading about the claim? (Bluman 2005)
using double negatives
#16. Explain why the following survey question might lead to an erroneous conclusion: “Do you think that it is not important to give extra tutoring to students who are not failing?” (Bluman 2005)
Intro Paragraph:
(TYPE YOUR INTRO PARAGRAPH HERE)
Even problem of your choice from exercises 1 through 10 on page 686 (“Chapter 12 Supplement” of Mathematics in Our World.)
TYPE ANSWER HERE
(The answer must be at least 100 words long, using specific terminology that is found in the textbook in Chapter 12 Supplement, “Misuses of Statistics”).
Even problem of your choice from exercises 11 through 22 on pages 687-688 (“Chapter 12 Supplement” of Mathematics in Our World.)
TYPE ANSWER HERE
(The answer must be at least 100 words long, using specific terminology that is found in the textbook in Chapter 12 Supplement, “Misuses of Statistics”).
Conclusion Paragraph:
(TYPE YOUR CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH HERE)
Please include any references as necessary (in APA format) on the last page (Works Cited).