Do the statistics back up the claim?
‘Ask for Evidence’ introduction to the interpretation and assessment of statistics.Key Concepts addressed:
No matter what the scientific study, at some point scientists have to use statistics to interpret their results, and form their conclusions.
Unfortunately, scientists can be as bad at statistics as the rest of us, and dodgy statistics can be used and abused (either by mistake or deliberately) to make studies look like they reached conclusions that they certainly did not.
This article doesn’t require you to know anything about statistics, but does outline some key concepts and questions that will help you judge whether a claim is statistically sound or not.