How Statistics Can Be Misleading

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Believe it or not, sometimes statistics can be misleading. Introduce young statisticians to Simpson's paradox, where the same set of data can show opposite trends, depending on lurking variables.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members search news reports and political ads for examples of Simpson's paradox
Classroom Considerations

  • Flip the lesson and have student watch the video, respond to the comprehension quiz, research the links, and take notes out of class in preparation for a whole-class discussion
Pros

  • The packet includes the video, a comprehension quiz, links to related articles, and a discussion prompt
Cons

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