How Numbers Persuade the Public

Every day we encounter numbers in many different forms and from a wide variety of sources. Endless statistics, rankings, polls, charts and graphs, and other forms of quantitative evidence are used to attempt to convince you. How can we know which numbers to trust? This course will provide you with the skills you need to determine if the numbers you hear are reliable as evidence. Throughout the course, we will investigate how numbers are produced, who counted, what was counted, how did they count it, and what they are trying to claim by reporting those numbers to the public.