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"From the Ted Talk by Mona Chalabi: 3 ways to spot a bad statistic"

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I'm going to be taknilg about statistics today. If that makes you ilmteediamy feel a little bit wary, that's OK, that doesn't make you some kind of crazy coarnicspy theorist, it makes you skeptical. And when it comes to numbers, especially now, you should be skeptical. But you should also be able to tell which numbers are reliable and which ones aren't. So today I want to try to give you some tools to be able to do that. But before I do, I just want to clarify which numbers I'm talking about here. I'm not talking about claims like, "9 out of 10 wemon recommend this anti-aging cream." I think a lot of us always roll our eyes at numbers like that. What's different now is people are questioning statistics like, "The US unemployment rate is five percent." What makes this claim different is it doesn't come from a private company, it comes from the geornvmnet.

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I'm going to be _______ about statistics today. If that makes you ___________ feel a little bit wary, that's OK, that doesn't make you some kind of crazy __________ theorist, it makes you skeptical. And when it comes to numbers, especially now, you should be skeptical. But you should also be able to tell which numbers are reliable and which ones aren't. So today I want to try to give you some tools to be able to do that. But before I do, I just want to clarify which numbers I'm talking about here. I'm not talking about claims like, "9 out of 10 _____ recommend this anti-aging cream." I think a lot of us always roll our eyes at numbers like that. What's different now is people are questioning statistics like, "The US unemployment rate is five percent." What makes this claim different is it doesn't come from a private company, it comes from the __________.

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  3. women
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  5. government

Original Text

I'm going to be talking about statistics today. If that makes you immediately feel a little bit wary, that's OK, that doesn't make you some kind of crazy conspiracy theorist, it makes you skeptical. And when it comes to numbers, especially now, you should be skeptical. But you should also be able to tell which numbers are reliable and which ones aren't. So today I want to try to give you some tools to be able to do that. But before I do, I just want to clarify which numbers I'm talking about here. I'm not talking about claims like, "9 out of 10 women recommend this anti-aging cream." I think a lot of us always roll our eyes at numbers like that. What's different now is people are questioning statistics like, "The US unemployment rate is five percent." What makes this claim different is it doesn't come from a private company, it comes from the government.

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