Tim Harford’s How to Make the World Add Up — a welcome guide to statistics | Curio

Tim Harford’s How to Make the World Add Up — a welcome guide to statistics

6 mins | Oct 14, 2020

The economist offers useful rules to help understand the data behind the headlines. "From remote working to online shopping, Covid-19 has been a great accelerator of pre-existing trends. One phenomenon it has supercharged is our love-hate relationship with statistics, data and algorithms. The threat of the pandemic has made us crave data: millions pore over R numbers; the technicalities of vaccine trials and testing accuracy, once of interest only to biostatisticians, are front-page news." The Financial Times' Tim Harford helps us understand these statistics.

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From Financial Times