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Analysis: Numbers

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The New York Times did a story recently about the effect of meat eating on blood pressure. The story was told from the study it was describing's perspective so the numbers weren't as overwhelming as I had thought. The reporter used the method of spelling out the numbers and saying things such as "nearly half" instead of 47 percent and things like only making numbers visible without reading a few times throughout the story. It doesn't appear that the reporter used math in order to get his numbers however it seems as though the story may have been even easier to grasp if she had.

The story overall was really easy to grasp but if it were to be more elaborate and had it gone into more detail about the study. Kolata attributes most of the information to interviews from people who did the study throughout the story.

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