Reporting Scotland staff struggle with either understanding simple statistics or with honesty in reporting them

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John Robertson
Reporting Scotland staff struggle with either understanding simple statistics or with honesty in reporting them

(c) Mad in America On BBC Reporting Scotland after 6.30pm, last night, we heard: ‘The number of young people in Scotland on anti-depressants has increased by 10% over the last three years. There were similar increases in England and Northern Ireland.’ The increase in England was 15% or 50% higher than that in Scotland. The choice to report the increases over three years was arbitrary and designed to maximise and dramatize the headline figure. We then heard: ‘The figures show…

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John Robertson
Reporting Scotland staff struggle with either understanding simple statistics or with honesty in reporting them