The NYPD–and its statistics–on trial

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MSNBC.com, March 15, 2013


 “'There are three kinds of lies,' Mark Twain was fond of saying: 'Lies, damned lies and statistics.' Selectively presented statistics can be used as much to distort or obscure as they can to illuminate and reveal truths. Much like a carefully cropped photo, a select set of numbers presented in isolation can be used to persuade people of their presenter’s viewpoint, even if in context those stats actually tell a very different story.

So it is with the New York City Police Department’s most recent press release on the 2012 data concerning the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. ..."
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