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The Mathematical Implications of Lying

This article explores how statistics can be interpreted in different ways to yield different conclusions. It describes a pair of class activities. In the first, the results are interpreted to “show” that taking a group rather than an individual perspective is ultimately beneficial to the individual. In the second, a variation is added “showing” that telling the truth is better that lying.

Grade Level: Middle School (6-8)
Curriculum Topic Benchmarks: M6.3.1
Subject Keywords: Probability, Mean, Average

Author(s): Glenn Simonelli
PUMAS ID: 12_04_02_1
Date Received: 2002-12-04
Date Revised: 2003-02-12
Date Accepted: 2003-02-16

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