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David Oliver: Let’s argue about statistics

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5649 (Published 21 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5649

Let's not Re: David Oliver: Let’s argue about statistics

Let's not argue about statistics - life is too short.

Let's just agree that politicians will almost always only highlight statistics which they believe support their position.

And let's agree that sometimes even then, politicians might have quoted statistics which in fact undermine their position, because many politicians are not statisticians and do not understand statistics.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 October 2016
Michael H Stone
Retired Non Clinical
None Private Individual
Coventry CV2 4HN