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if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything

If you manipulate your data, you can make it prove anything you want. I'm suspicious of his research. I mean, if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything! But is any of it accurate and unbiased?

torture (one) into (doing something)

To force, compel, or coerce one into doing something through the use of torture techniques. It has come to light that the corrupt police officer had tortured dozens of criminals into giving information that led to the capture of the mob boss. The autocracy has begun torturing its citizens into complying with its authoritarian methods.
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tortured artist

cliché A visual artist, writer, film auteur, etc., who grapples with constant mental anguish or depression, especially when it is derived from or contributes to their art. He's always acting like some kind of tortured artist, but I think he's just a miserable person who likes being pretentious. The painter was known to be a tortured artist, having spent time in psychiatric hospitals due to his depression and mania.
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torture someone into something

to force someone to do something through the use of torture. (More severe than torment someone into something.) The agents threatened to torture me into telling the secrets, so I gave in immediately, of course. Max tried to torture the old prospector into telling where the gold was hidden.
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"Now that you are about to die the most unthinkably horrid death that it is given a white man to die--let this word of the plight of your wife add to the torments that you must suffer before the last savage spear-thrust releases you from your torture."
In all the world there was none able to save him from the torture and the death.
In her hand was a sharp knife and in her mind the determination to initiate his torture without further delay.
For hours the frenzy of her passion possessed the burning hand-maiden of the Flaming God, until at last sleep overpowered her and she lapsed into unconsciousness beside the man she had sworn to torture and to slay.
He was suffering the tortures of long-restricted circulation.
A few days afterwards, being again required to execute a ratification of these deeds before a notary and witnesses, and refusing to do so, he was once more subjected to the same torture, until his agony was so excessive that he exclaimed,
``Fye on you, why do you not strike your whingers into me, or blow me up with a barrel of powder, rather than torture me thus unmercifully?'' upon which the Earl commanded Alexander Richard, one of his attendants, to stop the patient's mouth with a napkin, which was done accordingly.
I alone know my father's name, and only I and Tal Hajus and Sarkoja know that it was she who carried the tale that brought death and torture upon her he loved."
Another peculiar torture was felt in the gaze of a new eye.
During the Interim National Preventive Mechanism (INPM) Summit Against Torture on Tuesday, the CHR also got the support of various law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), which signed a declaration of commitment to CHR's initiatives.
The JKCCS and APDP in a statement issued in Srinagar drew attention of the world community to its report on Torture, released on May 20, 2019.
HARIPUR -- Speakers at a roundtable discussion here on Wednesday called for legislation on torture in line with the United Nation Convention against Torture along with a flawless system of monitoring for detention centres.
Summary: General Security has denied allegations of torture and mistreatment of detainees made in a report published Wednesday by Amnesty International.
ISLAMABAD -- Like other parts of the globe, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture will be marked on Wednesday (June 26) across the globe to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable, it is also a crime.