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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.


Glenn Simonelli

Date Accepted: 2003-02-16 Grade Group: Middle School (6-8) Benchmarks: M6.3.1 Keywords: probability mean average Microsoft Word: 12_04_02_1.docx PDF Document: 12_04_02_1.pdf