Donald Trump’s victory took the world by surprise this week. Like Brexit, most commentators, polls and election modelers were wrong. Understanding what went wrong will be the subject of much debate over the next few weeks. It also holds valuable lessons for those who use and study global health metrics.
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It was either Mark Twain or former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who once said, “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics.” Sometimes, statistics do lie or mislead. Yet, used correctly, they are powerful conveyors of reality and can provide new insights into something previously neglected or dismissed.