Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
I worked in stats for years and the only time stats ever lied was when I messed up. It's not the poor old numbers' and graphs' fault that manipulative people spin them in illogical (but superficially convincing) ways.
If you don't believe stats quoted by news outlets or people wearing suits* or pearls and you'll be fine.
* Unless it's a Mr Bean type brown suit.
^^^ This. I took a lot of math courses during my college years and stats was the hardest among them. But just like arithmetic, it math at the end of the day and it's as exacting as you need it to be. It's the spinning by people with agendas that give stats the bad rap they don't deservve.
The Lottery is a tax on those who don't appreciate statistics, as a friend of mine likes to say. I'm really hoping to win the lottery myself so I've keeping an eye out for a winning ticket on the sidewalk. Odds of that happening are not all that much worse