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Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers

Ellen Peters


Innumeracy in the Wild explains how numeric ability supports the quality of the decisions we make and, ultimately, the life outcomes we experience. It dissects three ways that people can be good or bad with numbers and how each of these numeric competencies matter to decision making. Furthermore, it delves into how we can use this knowledge to improve decision making. Understanding the roles of numeric ability (often called numeracy) is particularly important today due to widespread innumeracy. In addition, policies in health and financial domains have shifted toward giving consumers and patie ... More

Keywords: innumeracy, numeracy, numeric ability, statistical literacy, decision making, choice, expertise, medical decision making, financial decision making, risk communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190861094
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190861094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Peters, author
Philip H. Knight Chair, Professor of Journalism and Communication, Director of the Media Center for Science and Technology, Univeristy of Oregon

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