Statistics (© European Southern Observatory)

This edition of our weekly science magazine “Research File” focuses on statistics. As Mark Twain famously pointed out: “There are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are statistics.” This is not just a witty quote but contains some truth for, as we hear from our guests, there are good reasons to practice caution when interpreting statistics and when guessing the probability of something or drawing conclusions.

Producer: Anne Blair-Gould

Broadcast: April 4, 1994