… 8 2002): 1353-1352.
Business and academic writing must be clear, accurate, and credible. Prepared without unnecessary adjectives, elaborate and emotional claims, and designed to give precise information, business and academic communications that use manipulative language or inflated claims lose their credibility and reflect negatively upon the writer or institution presenting the document. Mayor documents the impact of misdealing statistics in academic writing in medical journals and makes recommendations for correcting the deficiencies created by incomplete statistics.
In a study of 359 papers, researchers discovered that the statistics used to support the claims of results were misleading. Only 18 papers examined absolute risk reduction, o the real impact of the use of a new drug or treatment. The majority of the papers presented their statistical analyses in the most positive light possible without a fair representation of negative results or real impacts. The writer suggests that authors [should] include [the] absolute risk reduction and the number [of patients] required to treat (1354). This requirement would reveal the actual effectiveness of any drug or treatment and make the statistical analysis accurate as opposed to manipulative.
With the exception of persuasive business and academic communications, accuracy and clarity are the hallmarks of …