Bad statistics are everywhere online, especially on social media. Graphs, charts and statistical data can often be misleading or outright false. It's important for readers to determine for themselves if the data looks legit. According to the Data Journalism Handbook, there are three questions one should ask themselves when viewing a statistic:
1.) How was the data collected?
2.) What's in there to learn?
3.) How reliable is the information?
Learn more by watching the Ted Talk clip below for information on the three ways to spot a bad statistic.
The CRAAP Test was developed by the Miriam Library at CSU Chico. It is meant to aid students in evaluating internet sources. It is also a helpful tool in evaluating news stories. If an article does not pass these basic questions, it may be fake news.