Friday, February 10, 2012

Running (with) the numbers

Allen R. Sanderson in the Chicago Tribune on how Numbers and wording can make so-so news sound so outrageous. For example,
"With regard to income inequality, virtually all headlines and stories focus on gross income rather than income after taxes (on average, paid by the rich) and government transfers (on average, received by the poor). And they are not adjusted for the number of members of a household (there are more people in upper-income households), age and other variables."
(via University of Chicago Alumni News)

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