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More or Less: Behind the Stats

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4

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By maggiem79 - Dec 19 2019
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I am much more critical when I hear or read stats in the news. Thank you so much! Please keep on!!

Excellent correction to public fictions.

By nicmart - Oct 31 2019
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This is a refreshing antidote to the irrational hysteria of the media, including the BBC.

iTunes Ratings

484 Ratings
Average Ratings
398
51
12
10
13

Made me smarter

By maggiem79 - Dec 19 2019
Read more
I am much more critical when I hear or read stats in the news. Thank you so much! Please keep on!!

Excellent correction to public fictions.

By nicmart - Oct 31 2019
Read more
This is a refreshing antidote to the irrational hysteria of the media, including the BBC.
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More or Less: Behind the Stats

Latest release on Aug 01, 2020

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