By distrust of statistics we mean lack of confidence in statistical statements and statistical methods. It is often commented by people
“Statistics can prove anything.” “There are three type of lies – lies, damned lies and statistics – wicked in the order of their naming.”
The main reasons for such views are -
a) Figures are convincing, and therefore people are easily led to believe them.
b) Ignorance of limitation of statistics.
c) Lack of test of accuracy.
d) Contradiction of data from actual circumstances.
e) Lack of specific ability to arrive at correct and appropriate results.
f) Can easily be manipulated.