“despite its mathematical base,
statistics is as much an art as it is a science.
… Often the statistician must choose among methods,
a subjective process,
and find the one
that he will use to represent the facts.
This suggests giving statistical material …
a very sharp second look
before accepting any of them. …
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 to reveal them.”
– Darrell Huff,
How To Lie With Statistics, 1954
some graphics do distort
the underlying data,
making it hard for the viewer
to learn the truth.
But data graphics are no different
from words in this regard,
for any means of communication
can be used to deceive.”
– Edward Tufte,
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information