Misleading Statistics

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On BBC or CNN, they commonly use graphs or charts to go along with news presenters to facilitate viewers’ understanding. Those graphs and charts including news and information are called statistics. In other words, according to John Slaght, Paddy Harben and Anne Pallant, authors of English for Academic Study, Reading and Writing Source book, statistics refers to “ collections of data gathered” by research methods ( Slaght, Harben & Pallent, 2010, 29). Statistics could be used to prove any topic, to summarize, or to predict what is likely to happen. More important thing is interpretation. It should be made very careful, for it may mislead. Bias sources, inappropriate research methodology, and a specific particular group of audience can …show more content…
For instance, all relevant documents for Khmer Rouge Tribunal submitted to ECCC have to be checked carefully for the requirements before presenting to the court. Hence, regarding law related matters it has to be critically proved and true.
Be that as it may, there are some chances that statistics can confuse audience. Firstly, it depends on the independency of producer organization. If the producers are not neutral, instead they are structured to report to another entity, the producers should act in favor to that entity, otherwise they can lose jobs. For example, internal auditors of a commercial bank are frequently interfered with by their senior management to report only achievements the management has achieved and very little space focusing on mistakes the bank has encountered. This is not part of their management profession but they have to do otherwise their shareholder may fire them for not doing god job. Consequently, their report has tricky information that intended to hide some true findings. Hence, to check for reliability, it is suggested to look firstly at how transparent the organization is.

Secondly, statistics may confuse readers because of inaccuracy of research methodology of using small samples. For instance, a survey by International Republican Institute on Cambodian public opinions on their monthly income, can illustrate that proportion of people earn below one dollar per month is less than 30

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