6 responses to “Critical Thinking Through Spin and Statistics”

  1. Chad Fife

    Great post, Breanne. Each year golf club manufacturers say “XYZ driver will add 15 yards to your drive.” So I should be hitting 400 yard drives by 2020! I’m waiting for a putter manufacturer to claim a putter that helps you make 15% more putts. That would be worth a lot but drive yardages are dependent on multiple variables/interpretation so drivers are what get over-hyped.

    1. Breanne Harris

      I had never thought of the claims in golf club ads as being cumulative. Great example!

  2. Terry Hoffman

    I thank Mr. Zarbart, my high school English teacher for showing us how to look carefully at what ads are really saying. I always think of him when I see “up to” in an ad. “You can lose up to 30 pounds in 3 months.” “Come in a save up to 50% on any participating item.”
    Great post.

    1. Breanne Harris

      Excellent example! I always notice when they follow up the “up to” claim with the words “results are not typical” in tiny print. Kudos to Mr Zarbart for teaching such important skills at an early age! Thanks for your comment!

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