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Thinking Critically About Data

Thinking Critically About Data

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  • Mon 8 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon 15 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon 22 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon 29 May ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon 12 Jun ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon 19 Jun ’17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $200.00
  • Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee: $160.00

Why do humans so often jump to faulty conclusions? How much is from bad data and how much is simply its misuse? In this course, you will hone your critical thinking processes to identify common statistical fallacies from the media, advertising and academic publications. You will learn to recognise common mistakes in the way data is collected, used and interpreted.

Recommended reading:
The course refers extensively to examples from the following two books, which we recommend you read:

Daniel Levitin: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age (Penguin, 2016).
Gary Smith: Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics (Duckworth, 2014).

Target audience:
This course is for anyone who is interested in the way statistical information is used: in the media, in academic reports and papers, and in advertising. It is aimed at a semi-popular level, with most examples involving simple arithmetic and graphs.

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