Friday, January 20, 2006

Debunking dodgy data

The New Economist blog has drawn my attention to an upcoming book that sounds fascinating, if a little esoteric. Beautiful Evidence is, as far as I can tell from the author’s website, about presenting data and information, especially in graphic form.

The chapters on “corrupt techniques in evidence presentations - what alert members of an audience or readers of a report should look for in assessing the credibility of the presenter” are online (in draft form) and should be particularly useful for anyone who needs to critically analyse industry or government (or other) spin – like, say, Sydney Water’s Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed desalination plant at Kurnell.

1 comment:

Kieran said...

Interesting, I think I'll consider getting a copy of Beautiful Evidence.