|Jessica Utts (USA)||email@example.com|
|Statistical studies and information
are presented almost daily in most major newspapers. If someone has a medical
problem, there is likely to be a wealth of information on the Internet that
discusses studies related to that problem. Financial decisions are often
made based on examining statistical information. Stories of "amazing
coincidences" make headlines, even when they are not justified. In
all of these cases, educated citizens should be familiar with some basic
ideas and misconceptions that will help them interpret the information wisely.
The authors of news articles often misinterpret studies, and it is even
more common that headlines convey erroneous information. Using numerous
examples, this talk will cover seven common misinterpretations of statistical
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