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Mark Twain attributes the following quotation to Disraeli: &quot;There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies

and statistics!&quot;

He was referring to techniques of analyzing and presenting statistical data that may mislead, distort or

outright lie about a particular issue.

Here's an example for consideration: Let's say a popular university that offers an undergraduate nursing

program wants to market themselves on their small class sizes. We'll make the assumption that each

student at the university takes just one class. Suppose there are 1000 students, with 901 in one class and

each of the remaining 99 students individually tutored. The university calculates an average class size of

ten [(901+99)/100 classes)] and plans to market this to prospective students.

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