On the other hand, you first have to find out how many true statistics actually exist. This is so you can find not just how many are false, but the exact percentage which are false. Once you’ve found a reliable source of true statistics, you need to calculate how much people talk about statistics, perhaps by searching the internet for words like “percent” or “ratio” and finding out how often they come up. After that point, you can run a simple cross-reference data query on the results to fetch the count of statistics that are not based in fact. Then, using advanced rules of grammar and context, you must determine which of the factless statistics were created then and there, and which were quoted or culled from an earlier citation. Keep in mind, you’ll also need to figure out how often people cite or fabricate statistics offline as well.

Once you have those numbers, simply add them all together, and divide the freshly coined statistics by the total count of all statistics to easily determine what percentage was made up on the spot.

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