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Statistics and their misuse

1. Please share 2 real world examples where you believe Statistics was "abused" or "mis-used" to further a point or a cause. These can be intentional or intentional cases. Again, if you do not have examples from your organization, please feel free to interview someone or research off the net or library.

2. How could you use descriptive statistics in your personal life? Please share 3 specific examples.

3. How does the probability of absenteeism or longevity affect the hiring practices at your organization? Be specific about 3 implications, positive or negative, if you will.

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1. Please share 2 real world examples where you believe Statistics was "abused" or "mis-used" to further a point or a cause. These can be intentional or intentional cases. Again, if you do not have examples from your organization, please feel free to interview someone or research off the net or library.

The most blatant use of statistical data is used on the cause of retention efforts by professors and the lack of money to increase pay. In the first case, a couple of years ago, the retention issue was blamed on professors in the liberal arts classes. The administration said there had been a 40% drop in the number of students who returned to school in the fall term. What they did not mention was that the drop was due to the dropping of a program that had a lot of liberal arts classes involved and the addition of healthcare administration which had limited liberal arts. They had also just graduated the largest class for the distance learning location leaving us nearly one hundred students ...

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A discussion on the misuse of statistics. The discussion also includes the use of descriptive statistics and the implications of absenteeism in a company.

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