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Describe the misuse or misinterpretation of
statistics that may be involved:

Over 60% of the people who fly to Normal, Illinois, do
so on American Airlines. Hence, most people prefer
American to any other airline.

I would think the statistic of 60% and it being on American Airlines makes the statement accurate. But, it isn't and I don't know why?

  • Word Problem. - ,

    You are dead wrong. First, what airlines fly to Normal, and on what routes. That is the first misuse.
    Secondly, do the flight patterns of folks going to Normal reflect folks going to NYC, or MIA? Not many folks fly to Normal. Is there a prison there?

  • Word Problem. - ,

    Ah, that is true. It may be one of the only major airline that flies there. Plus, statistically it can't speak for all Americans and its travels.

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