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Manipulating Statistics

How might statistics be manipulated to support a certain point of view? Provide examples.

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Hi and thank you for using BrainMass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular problem, you are being asked by your professor to show how statistics can be manipulated. The best way to show this is by presenting some examples. Since you did not indicate that they must be in the vein of psychological research, to prove the point, it's best to show real-world examples across all fields. I suggest using this simple outline -

1. Manipulation of statistics - why it's done, 100 words.
2. Examples - here, present 2 examples and explain how statistics was used in each - 75 words each.

This should do it. If you need further information, just use the listed resources to explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones
Manipulation of Statistics

We associate statistics with scientific precision and empirical research where the researcher is neutral, attaching weight only to what the method yields making the numbers that result 'free' of bias. ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the discussion of how statistics can be manipulated to push arguments and positions. Examples are provided. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.