- Thursday, March 31, 2016
- 3:40 PM–4:30 PM
- Science Building 010
Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)
H.G. Wells once said “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” The widespread use of statistics plays an influential role in persuading public opinion. As such, statistical literacy is necessary for members of society to critically evaluate the bombardment of charts, polls, graphs, and data that are presented on a daily basis. However, what often passes for “statistical” calculations and discoveries need to be taken with a grain of salt. This talk will examine the applications of statistics in American media and give examples of where statistics has been grossly misused.
Refreshments precede the talk at 3:30pm.