"The fact is that, despite its mathematical base, statistics is as much
an art as it is a science. A great many manipulations and even
distortions are possible within the bounds of propriety. Often the
statistician must choose among methods, a subjective process, and find
the one that he will use to represent the facts. In commercial practice
he is about as unlikely to select an unfavorable method as a copywriter
is to call his sponsor's product flimsy and cheap when he might as well
say light and economical."
"This suggests giving stastical material, the facts and figures in
newspapers and book, magazines and advertising, a very sharp second look
before accepting any of them. sometimes a careful squint will sharpen
the focus. But arbitrarily rejecting statistical methods makes no sense
either. That is like refusing to read because writers sometimes use
words to hide facts and relationships rather than reveal them."