Naked Statistics

Naked Statistics

Stripping the Dread From the Data

Book - 2013
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The best-selling author of Naked Economics defies the odds with a book about statistics that you'll welcome and enjoy.

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy." From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics , the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.

And in Wheelan's trademark style, there's not a dull page in sight. You'll encounter clever Schlitz Beer marketers leveraging basic probability, an International Sausage Festival illuminating the tenets of the central limit theorem, and a head-scratching choice from the famous game show Let's Make a Deal --and you'll come away with insights each time. With the wit, accessibility, and sheer fun that turned Naked Economics into a bestseller, Wheelan defies the odds yet again by bringing another essential, formerly unglamorous discipline to life.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393071955
Branch Call Number: 519.5 WHEELAN
Characteristics: xviii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Oct 21, 2018

Blessedly free of the never ending examples drawn from American sports (baseball, American football) that seem to infest most books on popular statistics, this one manages to get the essentials across nonetheless. The stupid bus examples of sampling (self-confessedly so) are a bit tedious, but the rest of it is useful and easy to read.

Jun 12, 2015

Reading this book after I've taken my Statistics class was much more interesting and made much more sense!


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